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Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

ISBN: 9781788515276

Scotland's first Energy Strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland. It articulates six energy priorities for a whole-system approach that considers both the use and the supply of energy for heat, power and transport.

Executive Summary

Scotland’s first Energy Strategy will strengthen the development of local energy, protect and empower consumers, and support Scotland’s climate change ambitions while tackling poor energy provision.

Built around the following six energy priorities, this Strategy will guide the decisions that the Scottish Government, working with partner organisations, needs to make over the coming decades:

• Promote consumer engagement and protect consumers from excessive costs;

• Improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, buildings, industrial processes and manufacturing;

• Ensure homes and businesses can continue to depend on secure, resilient and flexible energy supplies;

• Empower communities by supporting innovative local energy systems and networks;

• Champion Scotland’s renewable energy potential, creating new jobs and supply chain opportunities; and

• Continue to support investment and innovation across our oil and gas sector, including exploration, innovation, subsea engineering, decommissioning and carbon capture and storage.

This Strategy highlights the connections between the energy system and all parts of the economy, and its importance to sustainable, inclusive growth. It also makes a strong commitment to improving the Scottish Government’s approach to public awareness-raising and engagement on energy issues.