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Policy Framework

The Scottish Government's renewable energy policy is driven by a series of key documents:

Renewables Action Plan (RAP)

  • The RAP is an action plan to drive the development of renewable energy and capitalise on Scotland's natural resources to gain maximum economic benefit.
  • It sets out the framework for action in the specific area of renewable energy. It identifies what needs to happen and by when to achieve our national targets and objectives.

Renewable Heat Action Plan (RHAP)

  • The Climate Change Act 2009 mandates Scottish Ministers to produce an action plan for the use of heat from renewable sources.
  • The RHAP was published on 5 November 2009.

A Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland: Scotland - A Low Carbon Society

  • The Low Carbon Economic Strategy (LCES) is an integral part of the Government's Economic Strategy to secure sustainable economic growth, and a key component of the broader approach to meet Scotland's climate change targets and secure the transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland.
  • The strategy includes key areas of energy generation and transmission, energy efficiency and transport - it is aimed at creating new jobs, reducing emissions and saving households and businesses money, thereby contributing to economic recovery and growth and to addressing climate change.

UK Government Renewable Energy Policy

The UK Government has also produced two key documents that are consistent with Scottish Government policy:

  • Renewable Energy Strategy sets out how and why the UK Government intends to increase our use of renewable electricity, heat and transport. It also sets out how the UK Government will meet their legally binding target to ensure 15% of electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.
  • The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan sets out the UK Government's response to climate change by setting out a Transition Plan for becoming a low carbon economy. This plan will deliver emission cuts of 18% on 2008 levels by 2020 (and over a one third reduction on 1990 levels).