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Manifesto on 2020 targets launched

'Sustainable heat' must be a key component of UK energy policy according to a manifesto signed by more than 20 leading organisations.

Groups supporting the 2020 Energy Manifesto launched on Monday include the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB), the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

One of the key priorities for the Government’s UK energy policy set down in the manifesto states: “Take a holistic approach to energy which includes sustainable heat as well as electricity and transport. Energy is an inter-related system and policy should pay
attention to all parts of the mix.”

Read the Manifesto in full click here

The manifesto also called for statutory national targets on energy conservation, binding commitment and milestones for renewables in total energy consumption withan aim to achieve 20% by 2020 and Individual targets for renewables in the heat, transport and electricity sub-sectors.

The manifesto said: “These targets demand an urgent acceleration of the rate of progress.”

Other proposals included rapid improvements of the existing housing stock to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, the enforcement of zero carbon targets for all new buildings and incentives for Combined Heat and Power.

The signatories in full:
Association for Environment Conscious Building – AECB
British Hydropower Association – BHA
Business Council for Sustainable Development – BCSD-UK
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers – CIBSE
Country Land and Business Association – CLA

Energy Institute – EI
Energy Saving Trust – EST
Environmental Services Association – ESA
European Marine Energy Centre – EMEC
Green Alliance
Home Grown Cereals Authority – HGCA
Institution of Civil Engineers – ICE
Institution of Mechanical Engineers – IMechE
National Energy Action – NEA
National Farmers’ Union – NFU
National Non-Food Crops Centre – NNFCC
New and Renewable Energy Centre – NaREC
Renewable Energy Association – REA
Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce – RSA
Scottish Council for Development and Industry – SCDI
Scottish Renewables Forum – SRF
Town and Country Planning Association – TCPA
UK Green Building Council – UKGBC