Scotland’s renewable energy industry displaced the production of 13 million tonnes of CO2 last year, a rise of 10% new figures show. But the head of the industry body warned that the sector’s future was “far less certain” as the UK government is set to rule out onshore wind and solar power from the next rounds of auctions to supply power. Environmental groups urged governments to up renewables targets for all energy production, including heating and transport, to maintain progress in the sector. The new statistic on the record rise in renewable electricity production came in a written answer from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Scottish Renewables said. The body’s chief executive Niall Stuart, speaking ahead of a Westminster reception in London last night, called for “supportive policies” to help grow the sector. He said: “These new figures show the ever-growing contribution of renewable energy to the fight against climate change.
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