Scotland sets its sights on huge energy use reductions
The Scottish government has put together a draft outlining a goal to slash energy usage by 2030.
The nation wishes to move away from dependence on oil and gas, as explained by the Scottish Energy Strategy, revealed last week by Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
Just 13 percent of Scottish energy consumption was drawn from renewable sources in 2013. Now, the government is aiming to reduce greenhouse emissions by 66 percent by 2032, and use 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.
The strategy outlines a need for the nation to focus more on energy efficiency, adding that Scotland’s buildings could potentially be made almost zero carbon by 2050, and that funding will be poured into renewable electricity and low carbon projects. Amazingly, Scotland has already exceeded a greenhouse gas reduction target, cutting it by 42 percent six years early.
In the report, Wheelhouse said: “To maintain momentum, a new 2030 all-energy renewables target is proposed in our energy strategy, setting an ambitious challenge to deliver the equivalent of half of Scotland’s energy requirements for heat, transport, and electricity from renewable energy sources.
“I hope that members will welcome this landmark proposal given the support shown for such an ambitious last month in this chamber during the debate on support for Scotland’s renewables sector.”
The strategy has been welcomed by all governmental parties, and more details will be fleshed out once it is officially in place.