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The UK renewable energy strategy
1st July 2009
This strategy document explains how the UK Government will radically increase its use of renewable electricity, heat and transport to meet its legally-binding target to ensure 15% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. The document describes how the United Kingdom will tackle climate change, reducing emissions of CO2 by over 750 million tonnes between 2009 and 2030. It will also promote the security of the UK’s energy supply, reducing overall fossil fuel demand by around 10% and gas imports by 20–30% against what they would have been in 2020. And it outlines opportunities for the UK economy with the potential to create up to half a million more jobs in the UK renewable energy sector resulting from around £100 billion of new investment. In parallel with energy saving, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, this is a key element of the nation’s overall transition plan for setting the UK on the path to achieve a low-carbon, sustainable future that helps address dangerous climate change.