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Scotland’s green energy industry provides 58,500 full-time jobs - 7th April

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Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse and WWF Scotland warned UK Government policies could be damaging for the industry.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “While I celebrate the success these figures indicate for Scotland, I am under no illusions whatsoever as to what the wider effect of damaging UK Government decisions, and indecision, may be having on the sector in Scotland and the UK over the longer term and these figures demonstrate the scale of progress that continued, sub-optimal UK policies will put at risk.”

The figures show Scotland has more than 13% of the UK jobs in the low-carbon and renewable energy sector.

The Office for National Statistics data also reveals the industry across the UK generated a total turnover of £77.7 billion in 2015 – with £10.5 billion of this coming from Scotland.

In addition, more than half (52.9%) of UK turnover from onshore wind power projects came from Scotland, with this amounting to £1.5 billion

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