As Scotland accelerates toward 100% electricity production by renewables well ahead of its current 50% target for 2030, the Scottish Government has pledged an additional £60 million to low-carbon innovation.
See this from Energy Voice yesterday:
‘The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) will fund large-scale projects which support the ambitions of Scotland’s energy strategy, the Scottish Government said. Projects which deliver low carbon heating solutions, integrated energy systems, and ultra-low emission vehicle charging infrastructure will be able to apply for up to £100,000 to develop investment-ready business cases. Alternatively, financial support of up to 50% of the total capital value of a project up to a maximum of £10 million per project is available for capital-ready projects.’
This initiative further emphasises the Scottish government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases contrary to the self-loathing reaction of BBC Scotland back in January 2017:
Today, still looking for any negatives they can scrape up, BBC Scotland News reported:
‘The Scottish government said funding for climate change measures was rising by 20% this year to £558m. But the committee questioned whether that figure gives a full picture.’
For ‘the committee’ read Labour or Tory or Lib Dem MSP leaking selectively committee debate to feed their and BBC Scotland’s Unionist propaganda. No proper sources are revealed to protect the report from scrutiny.
As often before, a more objective view can be found outside of the Scottish Unionist media. See these earlier reports:
From Business Green on January 19 2017, see this:
‘Scotland already leads the UK and many of its European neighbours in terms of its greenhouse gas emission cuts, having exceeded its 2020 carbon reduction target six years early by slashing emissions 46 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2014.’
On the same day, the Guardian newspaper headlined and enthused with:
‘Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years’
‘In one of the world’s most ambitious climate strategies, ministers in Edinburgh have unveiled far tougher targets to increase the use of ultra-low-carbon cars, green electricity and green home heating by 2032.’