The UK could generate four-times the energy it consumes by using just renewable technology, according to a new report.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) calculated that a mix of solar, onshore wind, bioenergy, offshore wind, wave and tidal power could be used to generate 6.3TWh of power per year.

The bird charity said the total was nearly four-times more than the UK’s total power consumption in 2014.

The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision’ report concluded that the power could be generated without damaging important sites for wildlife.

‘Positive vision’

Martin Harper, RSPB’s Director of Conservation, said: “Conservationists are often accused of only looking for problems, but this pioneering research offers workable solutions to meet our climate targets.

“We have come up with a positive vision for the UK’s energy future, and options for how this can be turned into reality.

“We hope our report initiates a debate and acts as a catalyst for the UK taking a leading role reducing emissions affordably, securely and in harmony with nature.”

> Read the RSPB's report