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22 Jun 2011 12:06:08

Scotland sets new onshore wind standards

Scotland sets new onshore wind standards
The Scottish government has released a tool for calculating the CO2 savings which can be achieved from onshore wind farms.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said in order for onshore wind to reach its potential the most accurate information must be provided to all stakeholders.

He said the carbon calculator is intended to provide an "objective assessment of the carbon savings of wind farms over the years of their operation".

All developers applying to build a wind farm project will be required to use the carbon calculator, which will encourage consideration of the loss of CO2 through peat.

"Planning authorities, like all public bodies, have a duty to take account of the emission effects of their decision-making and they should encourage developers to use the carbon assessment tool for all wind farms on peat as a matter of good practice," Mr Ewing added.

He went on to say the government is considering the standards used to assess the visual impact of onshore wind installations.

Scotland is currently aiming to generate 80 percent  of its power from renewable sources by 2020 following an increase last year from the previous 50 percent target.ADNFCR-1235-ID-800590228-ADNFCR

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