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24 January 2017

NEW ENERGY STRATEGY WELCOMED BY WWF SCOTLAND

+ New 50% target for 2030 sends powerful message about Scotland’s+ renewable energy future

+ Welcome commitments to drive forward heat networks

+ More action required to end scourge of cold homes

The Scottish Government’s new Energy Strategy [1] provides a powerful signal about Scotland’s new energy future, according to WWF Scotland.

Welcoming the renewable energy target, Gina Hanrahan, Climate and Energy Policy Officer at WWF Scotland said:

“We’re delighted to see many of our ideas brought forward in this strategy, especially a new target to secure half of all Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. The new all energy target sends a strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, that Scotland plans to build on its amazing progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors. [2]

“A transformation in how we heat our homes and offices, how we travel to work and school, and how we power our industries will generate many social and economic benefits.  Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to make sure that policies are in place to deliver on this target, which enjoys strong cross-party and public support.” [3,4]

On proposals for Scotland’s new energy efficiency programme, Hanrahan said:

“The new information published today fails to put enough meat on the bones of the Scottish Government’s commitment to transform the energy efficiency of existing homes. With 1.5million cold homes in Scotland, these proposals are too slow and underfunded, especially when greater investment could create up to 9,000 jobs across the country.  Ministers must set an objective for a new programme supporting all homes to reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate ‘C’ band by 2025.” [5]

On a consultation on extensive new proposals to expand district heating, Hanrahan said:

“Heat networks will need to expand in Scotland’s major cities to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions from heating our buildings and industry. The Scottish Government’s welcome proposals for local heat plans and district heating regulation should help bring affordable, low carbon heat to many more people in cities and towns across the country.”

Notes to editors:

[1] Scottish Government Energy Strategy

 http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/9139

[2] Scotland currently uses energy to heat and light homes, to run businesses and public services, to power appliances and cooling systems, and to transport goods and people.

Currently only 13% of total final energy consumption comes from renewable sources.

Scotland’s total final energy consumption (by sector):

Heat – 53% (of which less than 6% is from renewable sources) Transport – 25% (of which 4% is from renewable sources) Electricity – 22% (of which over 50% is from renewable sources)

[3] The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from here to 2030 http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/ricardo_energy_report_web.pdf

Based on independent analysis by leading global technical consultancy, Ricardo Energy and Environment, the report ‘The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030’ shows that a 50% renewable energy target is necessary to deliver on Scotland’s climate change targets for 2030 at lowest cost for maximum benefit. Our report shows that this is feasible using existing technologies by the end of the next decade.

[4] The SNP manifesto for the 2016 Holyrood election outlined a commitment to “seriously and carefully consider the proposal from industry body Scottish Renewables for Scotland to set a target of 50 per cent of all energy to come from renewables by 2030” (page 29 - http://www.snp.org/manifesto). The Scottish Labour party and Scottish Green Party manifestos for the election both outlined their full support for the setting of such a target.

[5] Nearly 750,000 homes remain in fuel poverty in Scotland, while only two fifths of homes have an EPC rating of C or higher, see Scottish House Condition Survey: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00511081.pdf

For jobs figures and other benefits see: “No one in Scotland living in a hard-to-treat, draughty home, Existing Homes Alliance:” http://existinghomesalliancescotland.co.uk/policy/no-one-in-scotland-living-in-a-hard-to-treat-draughty-home-by-2025/