Scotland is “at the forefront of the low carbon transition” in the UK, SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said yesterday as the Committee on Climate Change’s progress report confirmed Scotland’s progress on emissions reduction was the best in the UK.
The ‘Reducing UK emissions 2018 Progress Report to (Westminster) Parliament’ published shows that Scottish emissions decreased by 11% in 2016, and by an average of 5% a year between 2009 and 2016.
The report also confirmed that Scotland’s share of the UK’s total emissions is 2% lower than Wales, and it has a lower share of emissions than its share of population.
At the same time, Scot-Govt data shows that renewable electricity generation in Scotland increased by 11% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter last year, with installed renewable electricity capacity also increasing by 11% over the same period.
In 2017, just under 70% of Scotland’s electricity consumption came from renewables – up 15% from the previous year.
SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson, who sits on Holyrood’s Environment Committee, said: “This report shows that Scotland has the best record on long-term emissions reductions in the UK, and is at the forefront of the low carbon transition.
“Our emissions have almost halved since 1990, we are exceeding the current 2020 target, and in the EU-15, only Sweden has done better.
“This report confirms that Scotland contributes 25% of the UK’s renewable energy output – and with as much as a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal energy potential and an estimated 10% of its wave power capacity – Scotland is well placed to become the continent’s green energy powerhouse.”
29 Jun 2018