The Renewables Advisory Board (RAB) provides advice to Government on a wide range of renewable energy issues. It is an independent, non-departmental public body sponsored by DECC, and brings together Government departments, the renewables industry, academia, and the trade unions.
RAB aims to provide the Secretary of State with independent, impartial and authoritative advice on policies, programmes and measures – to improve our understanding of the obstacles and opportunities for the development and deployment of renewable technologies in the UK. This advice covers both the short term and the next 20 years, and includes specific recommendations.
The Board is chaired by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and has 12 members drawn from Government and the trade unions, as well as other specifically appointed members. Its current focus is to advise on achieving the UK’s share of the EU target for 20 percent of energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. To provide this comprehensive, targeted advice, it has established eight workstreams to supervise defined tasks:
To carry out this work, RAB has adopted a new internal governance structure, featuring a smaller, supervisory ‘Executive’. More information about RAB’s work – including copies of its publications, minutes of meetings and consultation responses – is available from the Renewables Advisory Board (RAB) website.