An Investigation into UK Government Policy and Legislation to Renewable Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Commitments

Raybould, Blaid, Cheung, Wai Ming, Connor, Chris and Butcher, Ross (2020) An Investigation into UK Government Policy and Legislation to Renewable Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Commitments. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 22 (2). pp. 371-387. ISSN 1618-954X

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Abstract

The UK has committed to various legally binding targets with regard to renewable energy technology and greenhouse gas reduction. As a result, government policy and legislation have been significant in investing in renewable energy technology, driving innovation since 1990. The aim of this work identifies the key drivers behind commitments and to assess the role of government, business and organisations in the uptake of renewable energy and the development of a decentralised energy network as a result of greenhouse gas emission reduction target. This article presents quantitative analysis of primary research from government and industry. The novel aspect of this investigation is that the conclusive outcomes arise as a result of a unique research method by combining primary and secondary sources with support of company data from Nestlé and Transport for London. The main findings demonstrated that government support is one of the key drivers for innovation into renewable technology; however, business and the public are necessary to bring renewables to market. Strategies have been identified to incorporate decentralised generation into industry for the commitment of renewables and to develop the required energy network of the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: renewable energy, carbon emission reduction, UK infrastructure, centralised power network, decentralised network
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 16:16
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 09:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41646

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