European Union targets agreed at the end of 2008 commit the UK to sourcing 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This target applies to all energy use, including energy used for electricity generation, heating, and transportation.

However, leaving the EU renders the status of the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets uncertain. MPs believe that if the UK misses or reneges on these commitments, it will undermine confidence in the Government’s commitment to its legally binding 2050 carbon targets. The Government must recommit to the 2020 targets or, if necessary, set replacement targets to support the longer-term decarbonisation objectives of the Climate Change Act.

Progress has been made against the UK’s 15 per cent target introduced in the 2009 EU Renewable Directive. Using the methodology set out in the Directive, provisional calculations show that 8.3 per cent of energy consumption in 2015 came from renewable sources; this is up from 7.1 per cent in 2014.

There was a significant growth in the contribution of renewable electricity, while the renewable heating contributions also rose by 20 per cent during 2015.

Information from: Renewable sources of energy: Chapter 6, Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2016 and https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/energy-and-climate-change-committee/news-parliament-2015/heat-transport-report-published-16-17/