Renewable Energy

The CLA has been lobbying to influence the UK’s renewable energy strategy since 1999 and have consistently called on Government to recognise the role of the countryside in the delivery of renewable energy.

CLA members own or manage half of the rural land in England and Wales and many provide the space and raw materials required for renewable energy technology. Renewable energy provides an opportunity for CLA members to reduce their energy costs, diversify their businesses and contribute to Government targets for renewable energy generation. At the same time renewables can bring environmental benefits and are an important factor in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from farming and rural business. CLA helped draft and supports the Greenhouse Action Plan for Agriculture.

The UK is challenged with sourcing 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Progress towards the target is reported annually in the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap which in November 2013 reported that 4.1% of the energy consumed in the UK in 2012 (including electricity, heat & transport fuels) came from renewable sources. Although renewable energy generation in the UK has been increasing year on year the UK is still amongst the worst of the 28 EU member states in terms of the proportion of energy sourced from renewables.

The CLA is supportive of all types of renewable energy where it is appropriately located and recognises the role that renewable energy has to play in the UK energy supply. Government have introduced a number of policies to support the deployment of renewable energy technology in a bid to achieve renewable objectives and CLA members have already undertaken a wide variety of renewable energy projects.

The Renewable energy pages of the CLA website provide introductory information on renewable energy technologies, government incentives and CLAs perspective as well as links to further sources of information.  The pages are designed to be a first port of call to better understand the application of renewable energy in rural properties and businesses.

Biomass

The CLA is deeply active in biomass and woodfuel policy, both in advising DECC and Defra on policies and instruments to support renewables and in our specialist Forestry adviser’s work with the Forestry Commission

Renewable Heat

Renewable heating has an important role in achieving the UKs renewable energy targets since almost half of the energy used in the UK is for heating. In recognition that many rural areas are without access to mains gas and facing higher than average heating costs, the CLA was heavily involved with the devlopment of the UKs flagship Renewable Heat Incetive scheme.