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Offshore wind centre approval welcomed – WWF Scotland

26 March 2013

Reacting to the news today that the Scottish Government has granted consent for the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay. [1] Dr Sam Gardner, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer at WWF Scotland said:

"Giving the go-ahead to this off-shore wind test centre is the right decision, demonstrating that no amount of bluster from US billionaires such as Donald Trump will hold Scotland back from becoming a cleaner, greener, job creating nation. However, the Scottish Government needs to show the same level of leadership it has on renewables when it comes to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels in the housing and transport sectors.

"The debate later today in the Scottish Parliament on the Government's draft climate action plan will test whether the will is there to make all sectors of our economy truly low carbon." [2]

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government press release

[2] Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027 - The Draft Second Report on Proposals and Policies (climate action plan) http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0041/00413150.pdf

[3] How renewables can meet Scottish energy needs: Power of Scotland Secured http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/power_of_scotland_secured.pdf

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