‘Sustainable development’ at heart of Scotland’s first National Marine Plan


Richard Lochhead, MSP
Richard Lochhead, MSP

Scotland’s first National Marine plan sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the sustainable development and use of the marine environment.

The plan will ensure sustainable economic growth of a range of marine industries and protect and enhance the marine environment. It will set out policies including economic, social, climate change and marine ecosystem objectives. It was published by Environment Minister Richard Lochhead.

The National Marine Plan will cover all of Scotland’s sea out to 200 nautical miles and will apply to the exercise of devolved and reserved functions. It balances the development of established industries such as oil and gas and fishing with emerging sectors such as marine renewables and carbon capture and storage. It also ensures the environment itself is protected and enhanced where possible.

The plan includes policies for the sustainable growth of fishing, aquaculture, salmon and migratory fish, oil and gas, carbon capture and storage, offshore wind and marine renewable energy, recreation and tourism, shipping, ports, harbours and ferries, submarine cables, defence, aggregates.


Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed