In 2006, WWF Scotland, along with Friends of the Earth Scotland and RSPB Scotland, published a report that showed that it was entirely possible for renewables to provide over 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs by 2020. At the time many said the findings of the independent research carried out for the Power of Scotland report was pie in the sky. But fast forward ten years and we’re already well on the way to meeting this goal, with 57 per cent of our electricity coming from renewables in 2015, and more projects due to come online. With government backing and strong public support, the growth in cleaner, low carbon power is proving that Scotland can lead the low carbon revolution. This transformation in how Scotland’s electricity is produced is reducing our climate-damaging emissions, helping us hit our annual climate target for the first time. But if we’re to keep up Scotland’s leadership in tackling climate change, we’ll need to turn our attention to the other ways we use energy, namely heat and transport. Last month, along with RSPB Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland, we released new research exploring what transformations we need to see to meet Scotland’s climate targets by 2030. Energy consultants Ricardo Energy & Environment used, for the first time, a full model of Scotland’s energy system that considers all areas including electricity, buildings and transport. More efficient technologies, such as electric heat pumps and district heat networks, which carry heat to homes from large power stations via pipes in the ground, will replace oil and gas boilers. Other countries are already leading the way – Copen hagen is almost entirely heated by district heat networks, which are increasingly using low-carbon sources of heat. And heat pumps are already installed in tens of thousands of homes in France and Germany every year.
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