07 Oct 2008 05:10:43
Scotland to cut emissions 80%
Scotland will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, a new consultation paper has stated.
The Framework for the Development and Deployment of Renewables in Scotland outlines plans to exceed the targets set for the UK.
While the British government is being lobbied by the Committee on Climate Change to raise its target for greenhouse gas emissions from 60 per cent to 80 per cent by 2050, Scotland has already taken this step.
The framework drawn up by the Scottish government with the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland also sets a more ambitious target on the use of renewables.
While Westminster has committed to 15 per cent of all energy (heat, electricity, transport) coming from renewable sources, the Scottish government has opted for 20 per cent, a figure the EU has also set itself.
The new framework notes that while progress on renewable electricity has advanced quickly and the country is on track to achieving the target of meeting 50 per cent of gross electricity consumption from renewables, heat generation has not kept up.
It sets down steps for 11 per cent of all heat energy to come from renewables.
First minister Alex Salmond said: "Tackling climate change presents huge opportunities for Scotland and despite the current economic slowdown the country's renewable energy sector is booming. Renewable energy is at the heart of this government's vision of increasing sustainable economic growth and development."http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/917/0066300.pdf