Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology

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The Association For Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology logo.jpg
AbbreviationREA
Formation26 June 2001
TypeTrade association
Legal statusNon-profit company (No. 04241430)
PurposeRenewable energy industry in the UK
HeadquartersThe Strand, London
Region served
UK
Membership
c. 500 companies
Chief Executive
Nina Skorupska
Main organ
REA Board
Staff
20-30

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, previously known as Renewable Energy Association (REA), is a renewable energy and clean technology trade association in the UK encompassing all of renewables industry in the United Kingdom. REA covers renewable power & flexibility, heat and cooling, circular bioresources and transport.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The REA is a not-for-profit company.[7]

History[edit]

The Renewable Power Association was established in 2001[8] as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. The company changed its name in November 2005 to Renewable Energy Association[8]. Renewable Energy Association was merged with the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) in September 2012,[7] the latter becoming the "Organics Recycling Group" under REA.[7] The Company name was officially changed again to The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology in October 2019.[8]

Activities[edit]

Lobbying and Regulation[edit]

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, for which the REA was the secretariat between its founding in July 2015 and its last registration in November 2019.[9]

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Electric Vehicles, for which the REA is the secretariat since November 2017.[10]

The campaign for net-zero aviation in the UK, led by the Jet Zero Council, which is a partnership between industry and the UK Government with the aim of delivering zero-emission transatlantic flight within a generation. Dr Nina Skorupska CBE is a member of this council in her capacity as the CEO of the REA.[11]

REA has reported significant reduction in greenhouse gases can be obtained by use of biofuels rather than fossil fuels.[12]

Government Criticism[edit]

REA has been critical of the UK Governments' lack of funding for the production of electricity from organic waste,[13] a failure to define policies to meet the European-wide energy targets,[14] reductions to the Feed-in tariff and the lack of a robust framework for renewables.[15]

REA supported the environmental audit committee in calling for the government to cut VAT on repairs fort electrical goods and green home improvements.[16]

On 21 September 2021 REA published its report Energy Transition Readiness Index 2021 and warned that urgent action was needed make the UK Electricity grid more flexible to cate for more variable types of energy coming online, one of the points raised that as electricity storage facilities were treated as generators and charge both for transmission of electricity to and from the storage over the grid which was a disincentive for investment in the technology.[17]

Safety[edit]

The REA provides guidance on health and safety at operational sites.[18]

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the REA aimed to support its members and others by making the UK Government aware of the impact of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions on industry, networking between members to dispose of additional food and drinks waste caused by the closure of restaurants, and providing details to members of financial support available.[19][20][21]

Standards[edit]

The British Standard’s Institute (BSI) Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) 100 & 110, concerning compost quality and anaerobic digestate quality.[22][23]

REA, through its subsidiary, launched the UK's first Electric Vehicle Consumer Code (EVCC) in 2020, a voluntary scheme for domestic charge point installers.[24]

Conventions[edit]

Green Gas Day, which is the UK’s largest green gas industry gathering, organised in collaboration with CNG Services Ltd, and hosted since 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, UK.[25][26][27]

Biofuels[edit]

Biofuels are one area within REA's scope and some elements have proved controversial.[28] In 2014 REA was criticised for encouraging reliance on large non renewable energy company members including the operators of Drax power station and Eggborough power station and lobbying to expand the use of food crops as biofuels including palm oil and soya.[28][disputed (for: This criticism may misrepresent some REA's position on food biofuels) ]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". REA. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Biomass Barriers | Biomassmagazine.com". biomassmagazine.com. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Calculating the Renewable Fraction of Energy from Waste | Biomassmagazine.com". biomassmagazine.com. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Powerful Crops | Biomassmagazine.com". biomassmagazine.com. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  5. ^ "£365k battery system could save Bristol Council £16k a year". BBC News. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  6. ^ "New regulations to double the use of sustainable renewable fuels by 2020". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "AfOR members approve merger with REA". letsrecycle.com. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "THE ASSOCIATION FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  9. ^ "House of Commons Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 11 September 2019: Energy Storage".
  10. ^ "House of Commons: Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 25 August 2021: Electric Vehicles".
  11. ^ "Jet Zero Council". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  12. ^ Xiyan, Li (2020). Kær, Søren Knudsen; Condra, Thomas Joseph (eds.). CFD modeling of biomass thermo-chemical conversion and its experimental study (PDF) (PhD thesis). Aalborg University. ISBN 978-87-7210-676-2.
  13. ^ "Waste not... Britain is lagging behind other countries in renewable". The Independent. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  14. ^ "UK pressure groups laud new climate change ministry". Reuters. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Clean technology sector suffering crisis of confidence". the Guardian. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Cut VAT for green home improvements and repairs, MPs urge". the Guardian. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Urgent action needed on grid flexibility, says REA". GridBeyond. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  18. ^ "UK Health and Safety Executive - Composting - Recycling biodegradable waste".
  19. ^ "[Withdrawn] Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Destroying spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine during coronavirus (COVID-19)". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  21. ^ "COVID-19 - GREEN RECOVERY - BUSINESS CONTINUITY". REA. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Pas100 - Standards - CCS". www.qualitycompost.org.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  23. ^ "BSI PAS 110: Producing Quality Anaerobic Digestate | WRAP". wrap.org.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  24. ^ "UK's first EV Consumer Code launched".
  25. ^ "Green Gas Day". CNG Services. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  26. ^ "UK Green Gas Day 2021". www.nnfcc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  27. ^ "UK Green Gas Day 2021 to be held in Birmingham | Bioenergy Insight Magazine". www.bioenergy-news.com. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  28. ^ a b Bastable 2014.

External Links[edit]

Official website

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