Renewables Obligation (RO)

DEFINITION: The main support system for large-scale renewable electricity projects across the country. The RO was introduced by the Government in England, Wales and Scotland 2002, and Northern Ireland in 2005, to encourage the deployment of large-scale renewable electricity in the UK (smaller-scale ius suppoerted by the Feed-in Tariffs. The RO requires licensed UK electricity suppliers to source a specified proportion of the electricity they provide to customers from eligible renewable sources. 

Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) are issued to accredited renewable operators for the eligible renewable electricity they generate. These are used to demonstrate a supplier has met its obligation.

See also: Renewable energy

See also: Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

See also: Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs)

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The company had already reached its 2020 emission targets for production

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Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.

AT&T’s purchase represents a big step in the company’s goal to deliver carbon savings 10 times the footprint of its operations by 2025

AT&T strikes major wind power deal

The world's largest telecoms company AT&T has announced the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the US with a deal to buy 520MW of wind power.

Last week BP announced it will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months

BP set to 'embrace low-carbon world' with $500m investment

BP has pledged to invest $500m into low-carbon solutions after posting a strong financial performance in 2017.

Falling costs, leading nations and future trends are all outlined in the report

Winds of change: Seven key statistics of Europe's booming offshore wind industry

A new report released today (6 February) from WindEurope highlights a record year for Europe and UK offshore wind projects. Diving into the data, edie brings you seven surprising statistics, from the continent's booming offshore industry.

Creagh had hoped that last month’s cabinet reshuffle would shed some light on improved progress, but response was either non-existent or negative

Government's SDG implementation 'a total fail', says EAC chair

The UK Government's attempts at addressing and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been labelled "a total fail" by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh.