The Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s National Academy – has set up a new Inquiry Committee to look at Scotland’s Energy Future. The inquiry aims to contribute to the important debate around Scotland’s energy supply, demand and use, as well as moral and environmental responsibilities. It will also look to inform the policy- and decision-making at a Scottish, UK and international levels in relation to resources needed at acceptable financial, moral and environmental costs.The committee, which is expected to sit for around 18 months, will consider how Scotland can meet the future energy demand and how to ensure that the energy used is secure, affordable and environmentally justifiable. It will also examine all areas of the debate around Scotland’s energy future in the context of its commitment to combat global climate change and the environmental imperative to reduce carbon emissions.
Scottish Energy News 16th June 2017 read more »
Scotland should continue to lead the world on climate change ambitions and set a new 100 per cent emissions reduction target, according to environmentalists. They say green action must be dramatically stepped up if there is to be any hope of limiting global warming to the 1.5C set out in the historic Paris climate agreement. The call comes as Sweden unveils tough new climate laws for the first time, putting the country’s goals ahead of Scotland’s. New legislation demands that Swedes reach zero net emissions by 2045 and move to negative figures thereafter, though this includes international carbon trading credits. It also requires emissions cuts in the transport sector of at least 70 per cent by 2030. Scottish ministers this week outlined intentions to raise the statutory emissions reduction goal in th e forthcoming Climate Change Bill, with a new aim for cuts of 90 per cent by 2050. The current target is 80 per cent.
Scotsman 16th June 2017 read more »
Sarah Beattie-Smith, Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer, WWF Scotland: THIS week the Scottish Government announced that it hit the annual target for cutting climate changing emissions. The news that emissions fell by three per cent from 2014 to 2015 was welcomed by us and many other environmental groups. It’s yet more evidence that we can meet ambitious targets and it should drive even stronger action to embrace the benefits of a low-carbon Scotland – from cleaner air to job creation and from improving health to cutting fuel poverty. The hit target shows that real progress has been made on waste and on energy, particularly on renewables, which now meet more than half of Scotland’s electricity demand. That progress means that, for the first time, the energy sector is no longer the biggest emitter. That unwelcome honour now falls to transport – a sector where emissions have barely changed in 30 years. Indeed, emissions from transport went up by 0.4 per cent in 2015, largely due to increased road traffic. Such poor progress on emissions underline the urgent need for bold, transformative action. Across the world, other nations are setting high ambitions on switching from polluting fossil-fuelled cars to low or zero-carbon electric vehicles. In India, a target has been set to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in favour of 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030. In Norway, that target is for 2025. In Scotland, our goal is to phase out just half of fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2030, and only in urban environments. That equates to only 27 percent of new cars being electric by 2030. If Scotland is to retain its reputation as a world leader on climate change, we need to at least keep up with other nations, if not exceed their ambition.
Herald 16th June 2017 read more »