The need to tackle climate change has never been more stark, but there are also huge economic opportunities, particularly for Scotland, writes UK Energy Minister Claire Perry. Scotland is the UK’s heartland when it comes to energy generation, helping to keep the lights on by exporting as much as 20 per cent of its electricity to the rest of the country while boosting the economy. Yesterday I asked independent climate experts to consider whether now is the right time to set a date for a net zero-emissions target. But making our climate change targets more ambitious could also be one of the biggest industrial opportunities of our time. These economic opportunities are only getting bigger. The low-carbon economy could grow by up to 11 per cent a year up to 2030 – four times faster than the rest of the economy. If we’re at the top of our game, we could see the UK export £170 billion worth of goods and services as we become a global go-to for low-carbon technology and expertise.
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