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21 December 2017

MASSIVE RISE IN RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY PUTS 2017 ON TRACK FOR RECORD YEAR - WWF Scotland comment

+ Renewable electricity generation up 19% on same period of 2016

+ Renewables met more than 50% of electricity demand in 2016

Responding to the news today (Thursday 21 December) that 54% of Scotland’s electricity needs were met by renewables in 2016 [1] Dr Sam Gardner, Acting Director of WWF Scotland said:

“It’s fantastic to see that 2017 looks set to break new records for renewable electricity generation in Scotland. In 2016 we met over 50 per cent of our total electricity demand from renewable technologies and we look set to smash that this year. This excellent news comes hot on the heels of the welcome commitment from the Scottish Government to meet half of all our energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. This strong ambition marks a huge transformation in not only how we power our economy but also how we will heat our homes and drive our cars.

“Today’s figures are built on the policy certainty and vision from successive Scottish Governments and show renewables really are powering the economy, creating new jobs and cutting our climate emissions. As we turn towards 2018 we need to continue to build on this fantastic progress and tackle our heating and transport sectors that remain dominated by fossil fuels.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government press release

https://news.gov.scot/news/on-track-for-record-year-of-renewable-generation