REA was established in 2001 as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. REA helps their members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses whilst increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK’s electricity, heat, transport and green gas needs.
Its membership also includes composters, following the merger of the Association for Organics Recycling (formerly the Composting Association) in 2013. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables and organics waste recycling to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK's electricity, heat, recycling and transport needs.
The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK.
REA undertake policy development and provide input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others. Other services include:
- Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
- Public affairs and industry PR
- Publications and newsletters
- Information on technical, legal, commercial and environmental matters
- Training courses and career opportunities
- Member networking