Scots Energy Minister accepts call from Scotland’s Renewable Forum for ‘system-wide approach’ to de-carbonising heat and transport in new Scottish Energy Strategy

SRF logo for SENThe new Scottish Energy Minister has  accepted one the ‘big wishes’ from Scotland’s Renewable Future forum – to embed a ‘systems-wide’ approach de-carbonising the heat and transport sectors (see graphic, below)

In a speech at a renewable energy conference today in Perth, Paul Wheelhouse is likely to flag up a clear direction of ‘system wide’ travel for the Scot-Govt’s new Scottish Energy Strategy.

He is expected to say: “Our approach to heat in particular offers many exciting opportunities – not only helping us to deliver on our climate change ambitions, but also contributing to our efforts to promote growth and tackle inequalities – particularly fuel poverty.

Scottish Energy News 6 Jun 2016
Scottish Energy News 6 Jun 2016

“We are developing a new, overarching Energy Strategy for Scotland, which means developing a ‘whole systems approach’ considering Scotland’s energy supply and consumption as equal priorities, and building a genuinely integrated approach to power, transport and heat.

See:  Scotland’s Renewable Future’s draft new Scottish Energy Strategy

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP

“Scotland is already a world-leader in tackling climate change, with among the most ambitious statutory targets in the world and strong progress to date, with a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990.

“However, we have to achieve more and, as the First Minister announced last month, we will establish a new and more testing target for 2020 of reducing actual Scottish emissions by at least 50%.”

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