A greener future for Scotland?
Scottish climate minister Stewart Stevenson today unveiled plans to propel Scotland into a clean and green energy future. Never afraid to embrace green technologies (Scotland has the largest wind farm in Europe) this latest announcement outlines the specific measures that the government wish to take, with the specific aim of transitioning the country into a low-carbon economy.
The are four major elements of the plan are:
Low carbon electricity by 2030, through increased renewables and clean fossil fuels utilising carbon capture and storage technology;
Wholesale adoption of low carbon road vehicles, and significant electrification of rail by 2050, with significant progress by 2030;
Low carbon heating by 2050, with significant progress by 2030, through reduced demand, better energy efficiency and a massive increase in renewable and low carbon heating systems;
Fewer emissions from agricultural businesses, more woodland planting and appropriate protection for Scotland’s carbon rich soils.
Speaking at the launch of the plan, Stevenson said:
We are today outlining a plan that will transform Scotland to a sustainable, low carbon society.
Scotland will soon have the most far reaching climate change legislation in the world. That must be accompanied by action and our Delivery Plan demands action now, tomorrow, and from future generations and future governments.
Scotland’s role in the global effort to reduce emissions will create clear economic benefits and help maintain a thriving economy. Harnessing the energy related opportunities presented by Scotland’s natural capital can create tens of thousands of green jobs as we move to 2050. These are jobs for the future – jobs in our rapidly expanding renewables industry, in developing and applying clean fossil fuel technology, in energy efficiency and microgeneration and in the developing sustainable transport industry.
Through our economic recovery programme we are progressing actions to create new jobs in low-carbon sectors such as in energy generation, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Not alot of promisies to live up to there then! We will be watching the evolution of this plan with interest.
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