Sir Muir Russell & Prof Rebecca Lunn: It had been more than a decade since the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) published its last report into energy. Over this period, there has been significant change in the way we produce and use energy. Its importance, however, for people living and working in Scotland remains undiminished. In July 2017, the RSE launched its major inquiry into Scotland’s Energy Future with the goal of contributing to the debate about Scotland’s energy supply and use, while adequately recognising our moral and environmental responsibilities against the backdrop of climate change and a need to reduce carbon emissions. As Scotland’s National Academy, the RSE is in the unique position of having access to a wide range of expertise provided by some of the foremost experts in Scotland. Furthermore, the RSE’s status as a renowned, impartial, learned society allows it to utilise this experience and knowledge to produce a considered view of the issues Scotland faces regarding energy and the options available to us. The Inquiry has taken evidence from hundreds of individuals, organisations and businesses across a number of platforms. We have received written responses to our consultation, held public engagement events up and down Scotland, convened round-table discussions, and met with numerous stakeholders to ensure our report covers as much of the vast and complex area of energy policy as is possible. On 17 June 2019 the RSE published its final report into Scotland’s Energy Future. The report serves as a guide to the energy landscape in Scotland, reviewing the governance of our energy system, analysing the context in which we produce and use energy and in which decisions will occur, and explaining the trade-offs that need to be made. The Inquiry provides the merits and demerits of all of the options available to Scotland to meet its energy needs, highlighting the issues associated with each where the Inquiry Committee considers there to be the most significant questions in need of address.
Scotsman 20th June 2019 read more »
Nicola Sturgeon is to launch a national conversation to ensure Scots are fully behind moves to make the country a world leader in tackling climate change. The First Minister said tackling the problem must be a “truly national endeavour” as she announced plans for a Big Climate Conversation. She made the move at the World Forum on Climate Justice in Glasgow, saying the Scottish Government’s ambitious goal was to eliminate the country’s contribution to global warming by 2045. But she said decarbonisation would mean changes to virtually every aspect of Scots’ everyday lives. “We will need to change how we travel, how we keep homes and workplaces warm, and how we design cities and towns,” she said.
Herald 20th June 2019 read more »