'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.”
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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: