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Scottish Energy Strategy to receive a full airing

Scotland’s draft Energy Strategy was published on 24 January 2017 with a consultation period deadline of 30 May 2017.  It will be open at the time of All-Energy (Glasgow, 10 and 11 May), meaning there will be much buzz in conference sessions and on the exhibition show floor about responding to the acclaimed far reaching and ranging document.

The strategy sets out Scotland’s vision of achieving almost complete decarbonisation of the energy system, and was published just days after the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Strategy. Three policy statements on onshore wind; local heat and energy efficiency strategies and district heating; and Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), were published alongside the main draft Energy Strategy document

Vision and targets 

On the day the draft Energy Strategy was published Scottish Renewables identified the vision and targets for its members:

  • For Scotland to achieve almost complete decarbonisation of the energy system – in line with domestic and international climate change targets, and setting a new 2030 ‘all-energy’ target for the equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources
  • For Scotland to be a world leader in renewable and low carbon technologies and services
  • For Scotland’s urban communities to benefit extensively from low carbon heat networks
  • For new forms of flexible generation and demand management services to be widespread
  • For shared ownership of renewables and of local energy systems to maximise the benefits to Scotland’s communities
  • Make Scotland’s buildings near zero carbon by 2050, in a way that is socially and economically sustainable and supports Scotland’s long-term inclusive growth
  • Make a widespread shift to a low carbon transport system – by 2032 over 40% of all new cars sold each year are Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

The timing was ideal for it meant that many of these points could be woven into the All-Energy 400-speaker national and international conference that will get off to a flying start with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, speaking in the opening plenary session on 10 May with, amongst others, Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer ScottishPower and Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables. 

Later that morning Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands will speak in the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference; and on 11 May Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy will deliver a keynote address in the plenary session looking at the effects of Brexit on the renewable and low carbon energy sectors (Sir Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change; Founder and Director, Energy Destinations, will also take part in that plenary session).

Scottish Government officials will have a role to play in sessions such as Energy Efficiency; Farming; and Onshore Wind (also on 10 May) and Local Energy and Heat (both on 11 May), as well as in the bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and fuel cells, marine renewables, and offshore wind sessions – all sectors covered in the major exhibition with up to 400 exhibiting companies from 16 countries. Free online registration for All-Energy, the UK’s largest annual renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, is now open.

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