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20 Jul 2009PhD Secondee's Renewable Energy Research Paper proves a useful tool for Welsh policy makersSID0165
Tim Rotheray, a NERC-funded PhD student on NERC's policy secondment scheme, has written a research paper for the National Assembly for Wales on Renewable Energy in Wales, which is proving a useful resource for policy-makers.
Tim Rotheray, a NERC-funded PhD student on NERC's policy secondment scheme, has written a research paper on Renewable Energy in Wales for the National Assembly for Wales.

The paper discusses the environmental impact and costs of technologies for renewable electricity, heat and transport fuels. "The research paper has proved to be an extremely useful resource for Members of the National Assembly for Wales' Sustainability Committee," said Graham Winter, of the Members' Research Service. "In particular, the Assembly Members have used it to inform their ongoing inquiry into Carbon Reduction in Wales and in their scrutiny of the Welsh Assembly Government," he added.

The Welsh target for reducing CO2 emissions is three per cent, year on year, from 2011. The majority of CO2 emissions come from industry and commerce, including the generation of electricity. Wales has a headline target of producing four Terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity by 2010 and seven TWh by 2020, although the National Assembly for Wales is looking at going further. The Renewable Energy Route Map for Wales estimates that up to 30 TWh of electricity could be generated in Wales by 2025; Wales' electricity consumption was 24TWh in 2005. Such a total would save up to 4 million tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Since completing this work, Tim has been employed by the Micropower Council, a trade body representing companies and organisations with an interest in small scale sustainable heat and electricity generation. Building on the experience Tim gained working with the National Assembly, he has continued to provide input to energy policy in Wales. He has been called on to give evidence before the Assembly's sustainability committee and has run a planning roadshow attended by Jane Davidson, the minister for Environment Sustainability and Housing in the Welsh Assembly Government.
Actual impactsPolicy
Impact evidenceHas been used as resource for the Welsh Assembly's sustainability Committee. It has also been used to answer a number of Assembly Questions.
Research and funding
Funding typeResponsive Mode
PublishedMay 2008
Science themesSustainable use of natural resources, Environment, pollution and human health, Technologies
Policy areasClimate/environmental change and impacts, Energy, Environmental technology, Pollution