The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) Renewables web pages provide information about renewable energy including the different renewable energy technologies, UK Government policy, UK planning policy and planning processes, and various financial support programmes including investing in renewables technologies.
Renewable energy is an integral part of the Government's longer-term aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050. In 2000 the Government set a target of 10% of electricity supply from renewable energy by 2010, and in 2006 announced our aspiration to double that level by 2020. The government held a consultation, in summer 2008, seeking views on how to drive up the use of renewable energy in the UK, as part of the overall strategy for tackling climate change and to meet our share of the EU target to source 20% of the EU's energy from renewable sources by 2020. To view the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation, go to the UK Renewable Energy Strategy website.
There is also information and teaching resources on renewable energy sources for schools and an interactive map of UK Renewable Energy projects.
In 2007, 5% of the UK's electricity supply came from renewable sources, with 4.9% from Renewable Obligation (RO) eligible sources¹.