The animation – premiered at a Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow – takes viewers through 30 key green energy points. The video will be accompanied by a hard-copy infographic booklet, to be launched this week, and is designed to communicate the key advantages of renewable energy to Scotland in terms of energy generation, the economy, our people and communities and the environment; For example:
- Scotland produces the equivalent of almost half its electricity demand from renewables – more than doubling output since 2007.
- The carbon dioxide displaced by renewables in 2012 is equivalent to removing every car, lorry, bus and train journey from the nation’s roads and rails for a year.
- Renewables support more than 11,000 full-time jobs across Scotland.
- More than £1bn was invested in Scotland by renewables companies in 2013 alone.
A spokesman for Scottish Renewables said:
“The video is designed to inform the debate about how Scotland meets its future energy needs and set out the benefits of the growth in renewable energy output in recent years.”
This new initiative by the trade association for the renewables industry in Scotland is to be wholeheartedly welcomed.
But there must be some question about the process in which it was decided to launch this initiative in the heat of this unusually warm summer and also in the ‘close season’ while the MPs in Holyrood and Westminster are on holiday and the rest of the world is busying writing ‘wish you were here’ postcards or otherwise watching the magnificent achievements of athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
Having said that, the renewables TV info-mentary is well worth a view and it is to be hoped that it does not sink without trace before MPs at Holyrood and Westminster return from their long summer holidays.