4 February 2013

Scottish government to invest £1.14 billion to tackle climate change

The Scottish government has announced it will be investing over £1 billion as part of a three-year plan to combat climate change, with the country aiming to decarbonise its power sector by 2030 and upgrade its offshore wind sector.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced Scotland's ambition to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by more than 80 per cent by 2030.

The Scottish government has published a Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2) which has outlined the country's climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

As part of its energy-efficiency strategies, Scotland is also introducing a new national retrofit programme targeted at older buildings. It is also investing around £50 million in a fund to provide grants and loans for renewable energy measures to heat homes.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland's Minister for Environment and Climate Change, has claimed that the country is at the top of the European league table for emissions reductions.

According to Wheelhouse, Scotland is more than halfway towards meeting its 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent and remains on track to achieve this goal.

Meanwhile,  Alex Salmond revealed at the Scottish Renewables-Scottish Enterprise Offshore Wind and Supply Chain Conference that a new memorandum of understanding has been signed between Highland & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and four ports in the region to support the development of Scotland's offshore wind sector.

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