A new target for Scotland: 50% renewable energy by 2030


Scottish Renewables (the body representing the renewable industry in Scotland) has in its latest manifesto, Renewed Ambitions: Defining the Future of Renewable Energy in Scotland, put forward that Scotland should aim for 50% of all its energy too come from renewable sources by 2030. The aim is seen as a progression from the Scottish Government’s own targets; a summary of which, and current progress on, is provided below:

  • Overall renewable energy target: 30% of total Scottish energy consumption from renewables by 2020. As of 2013 13.1% had been achieved.
  • Renewable electricity target: 100% of gross electricity consumption to come from renewables by 2020. As of 2014 49.7% had been achieved.
  • Renewable heat target: 11% of non-electric heat demand from renewables by 2020. As of 2013 2.7% had been achieved.
  • Renewable transport target: 10% of transport petrol and diesel consumption to come from biofuels by 2020. As of 2014 3.9% had been achieved.
  • Energy consumption target: 12% reduction in final energy consumption by 2020. As of 2013 14.1% had been achieved.

All of the targets listed above are framed within a 2020 timescale. Niall Stuart, the chief executive for Scottish Renewables, considers it, “…time to look beyond 2020 and for Scotland to set a stretching target for renewables to produce the equivalent of at least 50% of all energy use across electricity, heat and transport by 2030.” The manifesto sets out a strategy for government, as to how Scottish Renewables believes this can be achieved. The course of action suggested shows the pertinence of the GREBE project; with much of the strategy being aimed at creating an environment to encourage renewable enterprise. This ranges from making energy storage viable for business investment to adjusting feed-in tariff policies, changes to which (as shown in a previous Apple Juice blog post) will have a large impact on small scale renewable generation enterprises.

The release of the manifesto is timed to come ahead of Scottish elections in May, with the hope of ensuring the topic is high on the political agenda. The timing is important as there is currently a high level uncertainty in the Scottish renewable industry, with UK wide cuts and changes to funding. The extent and impact of these changes were highlighted recently by Ed Davey, the ex UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who described the approach of the current UK Government as: “…butchering the UK’s successful renewables industry.”

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