Scottish renewable energies reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13m tonnes

emissionsThe amount of harmful CO2 displaced by Scotland’s renewable energies – solar, wind, biomass and hydro power –  has increased by almost 10% (more than a million tonnes) in one year, new UK Government figures show.

More than 13 million tonnes of the gas, the main driver of climate change, was displaced by clean power from technologies such as wind turbines, hydropower and solar in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available. 

This data on renewable electricity was provided in response to a parliamentary question by Callum McCaig, MP, the Energy spokesman for the SNP in the Commons.

Renewable energies employ more than 20,000 people in Scotland and last year these sectors invested £910 million in the Scottish economy.

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