National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP)

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 2 November 2017

Under the EU Directive 2009/28/EC, member countries of the European Union were obliged to draft, and submit to the European Commission, National Renewable Action Plans (NREAPs) outlining pathways that will allow them to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets.

UK targets by 2020:

  • 15% share of energy generated from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption;
  • 12% of heat consumption met by renewable sources;
  • 31% of electricity demand met by electricity generated from renewable energy sources;
  • 10% of energy demand met by renewable energy sources.

The UK renewables policy framework relies on three main components:

  1. Ficial support for renewables;
  2. Removing barriers (administrative, policy uncertainty, etc.);
  3. Supporting and developing emerging technologies;

Measures that will allow UK to achieve its targets:

  • Continuation of the Renewables Obligation (RO);
  • System of feed-in tariffs;
  • Introduction of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI);
  • Cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Green Investment Bank for funding provision for renewable projects;
  • Support to R&D in the sectors of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency;
  • Continuation of financial schemes providing support to various technologies in different sectors;

Please note that as the plan was submitted in 2010 it does not encompass more recent policy developments. 

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