Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Written Evidence



  We recommend that:

  1.4  Deployment issues, particularly potential barriers, should be addressed at, and as part of, the R&D stage, rather than as a later add-on.

  1.6  The Committee should ask for incentivising "buy-back" tariffs to be further reviewed with a view to application in the UK.

  1.7  A greater emphasis is placed on follow-through from demonstrators/pilots to delivery at scale.

  2.5  Particularly in the interests of tackling climate change, Government should use all means at its disposal urgently to stimulate global collaboration on a massive scale.

  3.6  Government and the regions should optimise the impact of public investment, including that of the Technology Strategy Board, through a closely co-ordinated pan-regional approach.

  4.3  In the interests of co-ordination and cohesion, the ETI should be a partner in TSB, and TSB should have strong links with ETI.

  5.4  The Committee should support a focus on community-led technology integration, alongside the development of renewable energy and low-carbon technologies.

  6.2  Priority is given to developing effective and efficient means of energy storage to overcome the problems associated with intermittency.

  6.4  Government should be encouraged to remove regulatory barriers to decentralised energy systems in order to assist their commercial viability.

  7.1  The Committee should endorse the urgent need for a system of incentives to encourage large-scale deployment of proven renewable energy technologies.

  7.4  Building-related targets for renewables and CO2 should be expressed in terms of carbon performance.

  8.4  Consideration be given to setting up a National Academy for Environmental Technology Skills.

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