PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry responds to CCC progress report

Solar Trade Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
24 June 2020

Today the Committee on Climate Change has published its new progress report. [1] This year, the report includes new advice to the UK Government on securing a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding, STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We welcome the Committee’s recognition of the valuable contribution that onshore renewables can make to a green recovery; driving decarbonisation, deploying high quality jobs, and delivering significant economic growth.

The Committee rightly points out that other forms of generation are more carbon intensive and expensive too. If we are to emerge from this crisis with a renewed economy that is geared towards net zero, the UK needs to rapidly shift to low cost, reliable, and job-intensive technologies like solar.”

Last week the STA announced it was calling for the Government to commit to a target of 40GW of solar capacity by 2030, [2] and has published a new policy paper which outlines how this can be achieved, and contribute to the green recovery. [3]

 

 

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Editors notes:

[1] https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/reducing-uk-emissions-2020-progress-report-to-parliament/

[2] https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/sta-calls-for-government-to-commit-to-2030-solar-target-to-drive-green-recovery/

[3] https://www.solar-trade.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/STA-Policy-Paper-Priorities-for-a-Renewable-Recovery-Package.pdf

 

 

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Background on the Solar Trade Association:

The mission of the Solar Trade Association is to empower the UK solar transformation. We are paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. We represent both solar heat and power plus energy storage, and have a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for all three technologies.