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20 December 2017

Responding to the publication today (Wed) of the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy (1) Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said:

“It’s great to see the Scottish Government cement its ambitions to deliver half of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. In uncertain times for investment, it is a strong statement that Scotland is open for low-carbon business and plans to build on its fantastic progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors.

“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. Independent research for WWF Scotland shows that this is necessary to deliver climate change targets and can be delivered with existing technologies. [2]

“To ensure a truly effective, joined-up strategy, more effort needs to be put into developing policy to reduce our demand for energy in the first place. The Scottish Government needs to enable people to get out of their cars, insulate their homes and improve the energy efficiency of their businesses. With growing demand for the Climate Change Bill to increase our ambition in line with the Paris Agreement, a clearer vision and bold, substantive policies will be needed more than ever. The final Climate Change Plan, due in February, should be the real test of whether this strategy is given teeth.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government Energy Strategy https://news.gov.scot/news/gbp-80m-for-low-carbon-growth

[2] The Energy of Scotland http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/ricardo_energy_report_web.pdf

 

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