Scotland’s renewable energy industry is being unfairly penalised by out-dated 70-year-old rule – Kenny MacAskill MSP. With 25 per cent of Europe’s wind resources it’s hardly surprising. However, as with oil and gas, Scotland’s failing to properly benefit from its natural bounty. The loss of onshore jobs has already been felt. Turbine contracts that could have sustained BiFab and nurtured struggling communities are instead going to far parts of the globe. Now adding insult to injury, even the full benefit of that offshore wind resource isn’t assured. It’s not just in fishing and seed potatoes that the Tories have failed to represent Scotland’s interests. For in energy transmission of whatever type – not just renewables, and both onshore and off – there’s a disincentive to invest north of the border. Transmission charges for energy on the national grid are weighted towards the south and loaded higher the further north you go. Harming the Midlands and north of England, it’s a burden in my own East Lothian constituency and worse beyond. Why invest off Scottish coasts despite the energy bounty there, when there’s an additional cost and siting off the east coast of the south of England’s cheaper.
Scotsman 30th Dec 2020 read more »
THE SCOTTISH Government has been told to back up climate emergency pledges with action and funding – ahead of the global COP26 conference being held in Glasgow. The appeal comes as a Scottish project has been handed a share of £8 million of funding to help cut carbon emissions. Last month, the Scottish Government published its delayed updated climate change plan which includes pledges to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans and reduce the number of kilometres travelled by car by 20 per cent by 2030 and a promise to decarbonise scheduled flights within Scotland by 2040. The Scottish Greens are demanding that ministers transform their promises into action ahead of the international COP26 climate summit held in November in Glasgow – seen as an opportunity for Scotland to play a leadership role in tackling the climate crisis. The party is pointing to this year’s budget as an opportunity for the Scottish Government to prove its commitment to tackling the climate emergency and has also warned about plans to meet targets relying on “undeveloped technologies” such as carbon capture and storage, for which ministers have earmarked a £180 million emerging energy technologies fund , including for the development of clean hydrogen.
Herald 2nd Jan 2021 read more »
Scottish green project among six to secure share of £8m funding. A project to slash large-scale industrial emissions in Scotland is among six across the UK to receive a share of £8 million in UK government funding. The Scottish project, which is being led by Neccus, involves an alliance of industries and experts, who will develop a net zero road map to enable a reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions in a sustainable way. The six projects across the UK will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The “industrial clusters mission” aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero “green hotspot” by 2040, kickstarted by the government’s £170m industrial decarbonisation challenge. The six winners will now produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).
Scotsman 2nd Jan 2021 read more »