The Times: Brexit has the potential to de-rail Scottish renewables (See Renewables After Brexit conference*)

‘Brexit has the potential to derail one of the most positive consequences of devolution — Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

About one quarter of the UK’s energy capacity and two thirds of its renewable energy is generated in Scotland.

No other part of the UK generates as much energy from renewable sources as Scotland does.

The growth of this sector has required government backing, even without Holyrood possessing the legal powers to develop an energy policy. With an eye on once-lucrative oil and gas revenues, the UK government refused to devolve energy.

Yet, through related legal powers over planning and the environment, the Scottish government has in the past ten years achieved spectacular growth in renewables.’

The Times 28 Nov 2017

Renewables After Brexit: Dundee University 1 Dec 2017
Renewables After Brexit:
Dundee University 1 Dec 2017

Now the Scottish renewables sector faces renewed uncertainty with the prospect of Brexit.

Find out what the future holds for you at the Renewables After Brexit conference – being held at Dundee University on Friday, 1 December.

Renewables After Brexit:
Dundee University 1 Dec 2017


Renewables After Brexit: Challenges – and opportunities

Brexit has raised challenges for the renewable and clean tech industry with currency devaluation, ability to access foreign labour markets and investor confidence all ranked as high immediate Brexit-related concerns.

However, the industry is also looking to the future. The UK has world leading expertise in a wide range of renewable and clean technologies.

Government and industry must now capitalise on these strengthens to drive forward new innovation, growth and export opportunities. The Governments Clean Growth Plan and Industrial Strategy must now to be the policy vehicles used to drive the sector forward.”  

See you in Dundee!

Mark Sommerfeld

Policy Analyst

UK Renewable Energy Association

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