UK to miss 2020 renewables target

A survey of energy industry leaders has revealed the majority feel the UK will miss its 2020 climate change targets and the Government is to blame.


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The UK is committed to cutting emissions by 1990 levels by 2020, but only 38% think these will be met.

And, this might be because due to a lack of government support to help move renewables technology from theory into practice, with 76% of respondents saying the government is not doing enough.

The survey was conducted by Energy & Utilities IQ aimed at assessing the thoughts and concerns of smart utility industry professionals.

Other major concerns of industry professionals are start up costs (16%), lack of government support (6%) and securing internal buy in (5%). It was also stated that convincing the consumers about the value added for them can be a major challenge.

Another part of the survey focused on the security of smart utility technology. For 64% of organisations involved in smart utilities, security was stated as a concern. 39% even consider the security issues as a “serious concern”.

Survey organisers will host the Smart Utility Summit 2011 to discuss the issues further.

Luke Walsh

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