Renewable Energy: EU Law

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK is planned to remain bound by the EU Renewable Energy Directive after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Leaving the EU will not affect the UK's commitment to domestic and international efforts to tackle climate change. Renewable technologies now form a very significant part of the UK’s energy mix and will continue to do so into the future. Renewable energy will have a key role to play in delivering our ambitious Clean Growth Strategy.

The UK has already transposed elements of the original Renewable Energy Directive, in particular the target of 15% of the UK’s energy coming from renewables by 2020, with the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources Regulations 2011.

The UK will consider the extent of our longer term cooperation with the EU on renewable energy as part of the wider EU Exit negotiations on our future energy partnership.

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