Scotland’s renewable energy industry has called for an ambitious new target of generating the equivalent of 50% of the nation’s total electricity, heat and transport demand from renewables by 2030.

The demand was made as part of trade body Scottish Renewables’ manifesto ahead of elections to the Scottish Parliament in May.

To meet the new goal, Scotland would need a three-fold increase in green energy generation.
Scottish Renewables said the next Scottish Government would have to set a “comprehensive and joined-up energy strategy” to hit such a target.

‘Follow Sweden’s example’

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Together, renewables now produce the equivalent of 15% of Scotland’s energy use across electricity, heat and transport.

“But with only four years to go, it is now 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.

“That may seem ambitious but we will be more than halfway there by the end of this decade, and Sweden – the European leader – already sources half of all energy from renewables today.”

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