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06 April 2017

WWF

Media Statement

For Immediate Use – Thursday 6 April 2017

RENEWABLE AND LOW-CARBON JOBS RISING IN SCOTLAND – WWF Scotland comment

Commenting on the latest low- carbon and renewable energy economy figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (Thursday) [1] WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said:

"It's fantastic to see the number of renewable and low-carbon jobs continuing to rise in Scotland. This growth in green jobs has mainly been driven by stretching government targets followed up by enabling policies and other support. If Scotland is to secure all the benefits that a zero-carbon society would bring, it's vital Scottish ministers continue to put in place the policies and support mechanisms needed as well as giving businesses the signals they need to commit to investment and skills training.

"These figures also underline the importance of onshore wind to Scotland, both in terms of our economy and in creating jobs. It's therefore disappointing that the UK Government has ended its support for onshore wind, especially if that results in these jobs figures going down in future. Undermining onshore wind in Scotland will make it far more expensive for the entire UK to meet its climate change obligations."

Notes to Editors

[1] Office of National Statistics (ONS) statistical bulletin: “UK environmental accounts: Low carbon and renewable energy economy survey, final estimates: 2015”

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/bulletins/finalestimates/previousReleases

[2] In 2015 there were 58,500 people employed in Scotland in low-carbon activities.

[3] The stats show that over half (52.9%) of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind activities was generated in Scotland (£1.5 billion).