Edinburgh Professor tells Ireland’s Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland’s ‘enviable reputation’ on climate change and success in beating targets for locally-owned energy generation

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Speaking to the members of the Assembly and reported in the Irish Times, Professor Andy Kerr of Edinburgh University’s School of Geosciences, made the following points:

  • The Scottish Government set a target for 500MW of locally owned energy generation facilities across Scotland by 2020. Having already met it, it is resetting this target at 1,000MW (1GW) of installed capacity.
  • Scotland seems certain to be able to meet all of its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020
  • Scotland hit its 2020 emission targets five years early
  • Scotland has gone from delivering 10% to 60% per cent of its electricity consumption from renewables in 15 years.
  • The Scottish Government had set the most ambitious renewable targets possible. Instead of the UK goal of having CO2 emissions 32% lower than they were in 1990, the SNP set a target of 42%.
  • Scotland has given grants to local communities which allowed them to take an equity share in developments thus reducing objections.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/scotland-on-target-for-100-renewable-energy-by-2020-1.3280498?mode=amp

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2 thoughts on “Edinburgh Professor tells Ireland’s Citizen’s Assembly of Scotland’s ‘enviable reputation’ on climate change and success in beating targets for locally-owned energy generation

  1. Ray Melville November 5, 2017 / 9:52 pm

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