The Scottish Energy Strategy, published on January 24th of this year, emphasised the objective of moving towards a low-carbon economy by 2050, with a new target of 50% of Scotland’s energy requirements to be catered to by renewable sources by 2030.
In both a commercial and domestic context, the new strategy will focus on moving energy users towards the use of green energy sources, with the overall objective of reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032.
Both energy efficiency and energy development are important factors in moving towards these targets and development in onshore wind will be particularly necessary, in moving away from the country’s dependency on North Sea oil and gas. This would require Scotland being the first in the UK to operate onshore wind farms without subsidy. Another major focus within the strategy is the challenge of fuel poverty and how the improvement of energy efficiency will help this.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will provide important opportunities for Scotland in working towards these targets, with the potential to reopen existing power stations and the government’s commitment to funding low-carbon projects across the country.
Scotland has already made significant progress with renewable energy in recent years and support from the Scottish Government, new innovation and opportunities for development will contribute greatly to its continued success.
We will discussing the Energy Strategy further at this year’s Energy Scotland Conference on February 23rd The theme for the conference will be “The Scottish Energy Strategy and Opportunities for the Industry” and speakers confirmed thus far include Chris Stark – Director of Energy & Climate Change; Alan Brown MP; Duncan Booker of Glasgow City Council; Karen Turner of CEP; Garry Clark of Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Grant Spence of Mott McDonald; Andy Kerr of ECCI; Matt Hastings of Centrica; Stuart Little of IRT Surveys Ltd; John MacNeil Smart Energy GB with more high profile speakers still to confirm.