Scottish Renewables has called on the public sector to lead the next stage of the country’s “green energy evolution”.

The trade body issued a set of recommendations ahead of the Scottish Government publishing its energy strategy.

Its recommendations included:

  • setting a target of generating at least 50% of Scotland’s energy from renewable sources by 2030;
  • at least trebling renewable heat output by 2030;
  • and at least doubling the installed capacity of renewable electricity generation by 2030.

Scottish Renewables praised organisations including Fife Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council for measures including the installation of biomass boilers, district heating systems and solar panels.

‘Greening’ infrastructure

Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “While significant progress has been made already, there’s a real opportunity here to make further significant changes to the way Scotland generates and uses energy.

“Public bodies can use their planning, procurement and economic development powers to lead Scotland’s transition to a truly low-carbon, sustainable energy system.

“Greening Scotland’s infrastructure and public estates can offer huge benefits in stabilising energy bills, creating jobs, investing in the local economy and cleaning up the environment.”

> See Scottish Renewables' statement