Scotland is producing greener electricity than the rest of the UK, figures from campaign group WWF Scotland suggest. Its analysis of most recent figures, covering the 2014 year, suggest electricity generated in Scotland resulted in 196 grammes of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced per kilowatt hour (kWH) of energy generated compared with 400 grammes for the UK as a whole. WWF Scotland said the climate change impact of electricity production in Scotland also dropped by almost two-fifths (38 per cent) between 2010 and 2014 compared with a 12 per cent drop reported for the UK as a whole in the same period. Fabrice Leveque, climate and energy policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: “Thanks to the Scottish Government’s leadership on renewables policy, the climate change impact of producing electricity in Scotland has fallen rapidly and is now half that of the whole of the UK. “The transformation in the way we produce our power is helping Scotland harness the many economic and social benefits of shifting to a zero-carbon future.” WWF Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to widen its renewables targets to include all energy needs.
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Scotland has broken two new solar energy milestones. The country has been praised for installing more than 200MW of solar capacity and for being home to 50,000 different arrays, according to new statistics from WWF Scotland and the Solar Trade Association (STA) Scotland. Around 49,000 of the locations are households, with the remainder of panels installed at businesses. Almost 200 community-led solar schemes also now exist in Scotland, providing 2MW of green energy. Although the country saw solar energy grow by 30MW to 209MW (17%) last year, it was still the smallest year-on-year increase since 2011.
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