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Renewable Energy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK's international competitiveness of the more effective promotion of renewable energy industries by other countries. (251275)

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: The UK is committed to an ambitious tenfold expansion in the share of renewable energy in its energy mix in order to meet its 15 per cent. renewable energy target by 2020, and will be publishing a comprehensive Renewable Energy Strategy in the summer.

The development of renewables and the more general transition to a low-carbon economy will lead to significant business and employment opportunities. The Government's aim is to secure a disproportionate share of these jobs for the UK, providing the right frameworks and support for UK companies and attracting inward investment.

The development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in other countries will help the global battle against climate change and renewable deployment abroad could also help reduce the costs of these technologies and hence improve the UK's competitiveness as they are deployed here.