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Renewable Energy

Wind farmWhat are renewables?

Renewables are energy forms which are essentially inexhaustible, unlike fossil fuel sources, which are finite. Renewable energy sources include wind (onshore and offshore), hydro, wave, tidal, biomass, solar, and geothermal. Renewable energy can be used for heating and transport as well as electricity generation.

Why renewables?

The earth's fossil fuel supplies (oil, gas, coal) are limited and will be depleted over time. As this process continues, remaining reserves will become increasingly difficult to access. It is also widely held that the gases released when fossil fuels are burned to produce energy are contributing towards changes in our climate and rises in global temperatures. By using increasing amounts of renewable energy (as well as by conserving as much energy as possible), we are acting sustainably and helping to protect our environment. Renewable energy can also create opportunities for economic growth.

What are we aiming for?

  • renewable sources to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption by 2020. Scotland has already met the 2015 50% interim target.
  • renewables sources to provide the equivalent of 11 per cent of Scotland's heat demand by 2020.

Peatland and Energy Policy Statement

On 29th June 2016, Paul Wheelhouse; Minister for Innovation, Business and Energy, announced the Scottish Government’s Draft Peatland and Energy Policy Statement. There is no formal consultation to this statement, but any comments would be welcome to Debbie.kessell@gov.scot . Formal public consultation will be undertaken as part of the Energy Strategy when this is published.

The Policy Statement provides a common basis from which the Scottish Government and its agencies act in developing and implementing policies in relation to peatland and energy.

It articulates a coherent, shared policy on peatland and energy. It brings together ambitions in relation to land use and energy and supports delivery of multiple benefits from our peatland. It provides a common platform for the Scottish Government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland.  The link to the document is here.

Following consultation on carbon rich soil, deep peat and priority peatland habitats, Scottish Natural Heritage have updated their map which can be found here.