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Developing renewable energy is essential to combatting climate change, and protecting the natural environment for future generations.
Technologies are developing fast and costs are coming down, making renewables a truly commercial option. This will reduce risks associated with climate change and set an example for the rest of the world. In the process, hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created, and we will develop long-term domestic energy security.
Energy security is increasingly important as our indigenous sources of fossil fuels run out. We are too often reliant on importing expensive coal, oil and gas from overseas, leaving us vulnerable to fluctuations in global prices, and problems with cross-border supply. In the long-run, the UK will not only be able to stop importing fuel, but export home-grown energy to countries with a limited natural supply.
Throughout history, communities have harnessed the power of the wind. Now, driven by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and secure home-grown energy supplies, wind energy is the world's fastest growing renewable energy type. Find out more.
The pull of the tides, and the movement of waves, produces a vast amount of power that can be harnessed by modern technology. Find out more.
Our UK Marine Energy Database (UKMED) provides information about all current and pipeline wave and tidal projects we are aware of.