South East England has RE Potential

European and national government policy to increase the use of Renewable Energy provides a threefold opportunity for people in the South East of England to look at their lifestyles and change them in pragmatic and innovative ways, according to a report from the South East England Regional Assembly at the South East Renewable Energy Conference held in late February.

SURREY, England 2002-03-22 [] Mike Gwilliam, Director of Planning and Transport at the South East England Regional Assembly explained to over 200 delegates from local authorities, government agencies, voluntary organizations and businesses from across the South East, how the Regional Assembly is playing a major role in pushing the Renewable Energy agenda forward in the region. As the regional planning body for the South East, the Regional Assembly is currently reviewing the Renewable Energy policy within Regional Planning Guidance. As part of this review, the Assembly will be publishing a draft renewable energy strategy for consultation in Autumn 2002. The Renewable Energy Strategy will: -Set out clear regional targets to significantly raise the contribution of Renewable Energy over the next 20 to 30 years. -Identify broad locations in the South East for the development of key renewable projects such as offshore wind farms and energy crops; -Identify county level and sub-regional targets for moving towards Renewable Energy sources; -Highlight the actions needed to deliver the targets. ” The Government’s new commitment to Renewable Energy needs to be matched in the region,” said Mike Gwilliam. “Our initial work on the Regional Renewable Energy Strategy suggests that it will be quite feasible to increase the contribution of Renewable Energy in the South East to 20 percent of energy consumption, compared with barely 1 percent today. “This scale of change would give the region a threefold opportunity. Firstly, we can reduce overall pollution emissions from fossil fuel. Secondly, we can create new business opportunities for firms in the region to supply renewable energy technology. Finally, we can fulfill some of our collective aspirations to adapt more sustainable lifestyles.”
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