Scotland has cut emissions faster than any country in the G20 in the last decade, primarily due to the transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable sources of energy. The country is set to double its onshore wind energy production by 2030; is an established centre for the development and testing of new wave and tidal technology; and aspires to become “a hydrogen nation” by 2030.
However, with most of its own energy consumption still being generated by fossil fuels and still being a net importer of energy, Scotland is some way from achieving its strategic ambitions concerning renewable energy production and consumption.
With the Scottish Government due to publish its refreshed energy strategy, which will double up as Scotland’s first sectoral Just Transition Plan, now is the time to think about how we can meet our net-zero targets in a secure, just way.
Part of our Climate Emergency Series, Holyrood illuminated the role of renewable energy in pursuit of net-zero and discuss how Scotland can realise its plans and potential to be a global leader in and net-exporter of clean energy, skills and knowledge.
By watching the on demands, you will:
- Learn about the broad sweep of policy about the transition away from oil and gas and the implications, challenges and opportunities within that
- Hear about the current state of play in that transition, what has been achieved and what remains to be done
- Learn about the roles of upscaling of on and offshore wind and hydrogen as part of the energy mix to achieve the targets set in the original energy strategy on renewable energy consumption as well as our net-zero targets
- Hear more about plans for public and private investment in low-carbon R&D and net-zero technologies
- Be privy to the perspectives of local representatives and advocates of a decentralised approach to community and local energy schemes; the new powers and funding required by local authorities, and aspirations for planning in advance of the final NPF4