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First Minister commitment to 50% renewable energy target welcomed – WWF Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon reaffirms target at All Energy Conference in Glasgow

Reacting to the confirmation yesterday by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that 50% of all Scotland’s energy should be from renewables by 2030 [1], Dr Sam Gardner,  Acting Director of WWF Scotland said:

“We’re delighted to hear the First Minister reaffirm her Government’s commitment to meeting half of Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. Choosing the iconic All Energy Conference to make the announcement sends a strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, that renewables are at the heart of Scotland’s economic policy and that Scotland plans to expand its amazing progress on renewable electricity into the heat and transport sectors. [2]

“A transformation in how we heat our homes and offices, how we travel to work and school, and how we power our industries will generate many social and economic benefits.  Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to make sure that the right policies are in place to deliver on this target, which is supported by all parties in the Scottish Parliament and the public.” [3]

Dr Gardner added:

“It’s great to see so many low carbon infrastructure projects receiving funding.   These projects, such as energy storage in Shetland and  a river heat pump in the Clyde, are a clear signal of the economic opportunities the transition to a zero carbon future offers Scotland. Catalyst funding such as this has  an important role to play in trialling and proving new infrastructure, the important next step is for Scotland energy strategy to support their wider deployment and ensure we capture the full economic, social and health benefits that a zero-carbon society offers. “

Notes to Editors

[1]   Scottish Government announcement: https://news.gov.scot/news/gbp-43m-for-low-carbon-infrastructure-projects

[2]   All Energy Conference http://www.all-energy.co.uk/

[3]   Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Action/lowcarbon/LCITP/TransformDemonstrate

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