Commenting on today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warns that a global temperature increase of more than 1.5C could have catastrophic consequences as early as 2030, RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said:
“This report warns that the dangerous effects of climate change will hit us sooner than most people had thought, unless we take much faster, much deeper action to limit potentially devastating global temperature rises by slashing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
“The report also calls for annual investment of around $2.4 trillion in the global energy system between 2016 and 2035. This is a great economic opportunity for our country and for consumers. The success of renewable energy in the UK is the result of political leadership to encourage investment in technologies such as offshore wind, in which we lead the world. But we can’t rest on our laurels. As well as generating more clean electricity using cheap technologies like onshore wind, and fully commercialising our innovative wave and tidal industries, we need to see much greater progress on decarbonising the heat and transport sectors”.
RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 400 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.