RENEWABLE electricity generation in Scotland has reached a record high. A new UK government report shows that generation was up by 13 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. There was also a 16 per cent increase in capacity with more than half of all gross electricity consumption in Scotland coming from renewables. Scotland’s total installed renewable capacity – the amount of renewable electricity the country is capable of producing – now stands at 9.3GW, which is four times what it was just a decade ago. The renewable electricity sector also supports 26,000 jobs and has a turnover of £5 billion which is set to grow further as new capacity comes on stream. Acting director of WWF Scotland Dr Sam Gardner said: “It’s fantastic news that Scotland’s renewable electricity generation is at an all-time high and re-affirms the vital role it plays in powering the country. The renewable electricity sector continues to play a vital role at the heart of Scotland’s economy, delivering jobs and attracting investment.” However, he added: “If we are to replicate these benefits in the wider economy the Energy Strategy from the Scottish Government should make clear the steps it plans to take to remove fossil fuels from the heat and transport sectors. “The Scottish Government now needs to set out clear policies for how it will replicate its amazing progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors to ensure we hit the 50 per cent target by 2030.”
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Roseanna Cunningham: SCOTLAND’S status as an international climate change leader will be reinforced through proposals set out in a consultation launched today, which will look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90 per cent by 2050. By setting out this long-term approach in our proposed Climate Change Bill we are showing that we remain resolutely committed to the fight against climate change. Our targets may be challenging but they also mark a new level of ambition in our work to build a prosperous low carbon economy, and a fairer, healthier Scotland. The proposals make provision for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set as soon as a credible and costed pathway can be demonstrated and also include a consultation on a number of technical amendments which have been designed to improve the transparency of the targets. This publication arrives against a backdrop of recent figures which showed Scotland met its annual greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the second consecutive year and is comfortably on track to meet its 2020 target. The statistics also highlighted that we continue to outperform the UK as a whole in delivering long-term reductions.
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