Trade body Scottish Renewables has called on the Scottish Government to “spell out” in detail how it will reach its 2050 energy targets.

In its response to the administration’s draft energy strategy, the organisation wants “clear action plans” for how Scotland will source the equivalent of half of all the energy consumed in the country from renewables by 2030.

It also demands details on how transport and heat will be decarbonised, alongside electricity.

Scottish Renewables added that ministers should use all the devolved policy levers they have available – such as planning, public procurement, building standards, business rates, innovation and project funding – to deliver the energy strategy’s aims.

‘Significant challenges’ in heat sector

Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “The high-level ambitions of decarbonising Scotland’s energy production and the vision of Scotland’s energy system outlined in the Scottish Government’s draft energy strategy are to be welcomed.

“It is however imperative that the Scottish Government provides clear action plans that show how the ambitious changes contained in the draft strategy can be achieved.

“That certainty – particularly in the heat sector, which faces significant challenges – would provide confidence in market opportunities and help stimulate the private sector investments required for the targets to be met.”

> Read Scottish Renewables' response