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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00999: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will deliver the commitment in the 2016 SNP manifesto to consider setting a target of generating 50% of all energy, across electricity, heat and transport, from renewables as part of a revised energy strategy.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 8 August 2016

The Scottish Government will consider the impact for Scotland of setting a new renewable energy target as part of the new Energy Strategy which will be implemented over this Parliament and beyond.

The aim is to create a firm, long-term basis for energy investment in Scotland, and to support the next stage of Scotland’s energy transition to 2030 and beyond. The strategy, which will deploy a 'whole systems' approach, will seek to address both supply-side and demand-side objectives and will also aid us in optimising the benefits to Scotland’s communities, consumers and businesses, and drawing on our significant energy resources and expertise.

Gaining expert input and securing support for the new strategy will be an important part of the Scottish Government’s approach. The Scottish Government will consult widely with industry, academics and environment and community energy representatives in developing the strategy.