97.4% of Scotland’s electricity consumption met by renewables in 2020
New figures released yesterday by Scottish Renewables have revealed that Scotland has not met its 2020 target of generating the equivalent of 100% of the nation’s gross electricity demand from renewable sources.
This target was set in 2011, when renewable technologies generated 37% of Scotland’s electricity demand. The new figures show an increase of 8% with respect to 2019, meaning 97.4% of electricity demand is now met by renewable sources.
Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets have been a tremendous motivator to the industry to increase deployment of renewable energy sources, and in the last 10 years alone we have more than tripled our renewable electricity output - enough to power the equivalent of more than seven million households.”
Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world and The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill sets out a legally binding target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2045.
Claire Mack added: “Renewable electricity is only a quarter of the picture.
“Domestic and commercial transport accounts for almost 25% of the energy used in Scotland, with heat making up more than half, as well as more than half of its emissions. Currently 6.5% of our non-electrical heat demand is generated from renewable sources. The technologies we need to replace gas in our homes largely exist now but deploying these across the country is an enormous task.
“Scotland’s renewable energy projects are displacing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon every year, employing the equivalent of 17,700 people and bringing enormous socio-economic benefits to communities across the country. Industry and government must continue to work together to address the challenges which exist if we are to fully realise our potential, meet net-zero by 2045 and achieve a just energy transition.”
Holly O’Donnell, climate & energy policy manager at WWF Scotland, said: “It’s great to see more and more of Scotland’s electricity demand being met from clean, cheap renewables. Not only do renewables reduce the impact of our electricity use on the climate, they are also generating jobs and income for communities around the country.
“In order to cut the climate emissions from the transport and heat sectors we will need to continue to increase our use of cheap, clean renewables and that’s why, ahead of May’s election, we’re calling on all political parties to accelerate the roll out of electric vehicles and renewable heating with new grants and more ambitious policies.”
Scottish Renewables said it is working with politicians of all parties to promote its manifesto for the May 6 election.
The document, A Brighter Future: Priorities for the next Scottish Government, sets out key recommendations which the organisation believes the next government can capitalise on to improve wellbeing, strengthen the economy, sustain the environment and set Scotland on the path to becoming the renewable powerhouse of the world.