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Boost in wind capacity needed by 2030

Beyond COP26 - Scottish Renewables

Scottish Renewables state that Scotland’s planning process should be reformed to deliver at least 12 Gigawatts (GW) of additional onshore wind capacity and 11GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

A new report by Scottish Renewables, ‘Beyond COP26: Next steps for Scotland’s clean energy revolution’, launched on Day 4: Energy Day at COP26 outlines five steps Scotland can take to speed-up the transition to net zero emissions and advance its position as a net zero leader.

By achieving an additional 12GW of onshore wind it is anticipated that an additional 17,000 jobs will be created in Scotland through providing opportunities for the Scottish supply chain, the creation of green jobs and skills and the ability to export energy. The addition will also create £27.8 billion in gross added value (GVA).

The report also calls for the acceleration of decarbonising Scottish homes and buildings through heating 45% of homes and 25% of private and public sector buildings from renewables by 2030, such as electricity from wind, installing 1GW of solar capacity by 2030 and heat pumps.

There is also a call for the continued development of tidal and wave energy industries to create a support mechanism for other renewable sources.

In terms of skills the report calls for an energy skills and services export target for Scotland to support the transition of workers through the planned industry The development and deployment of these skills and technologies, presents an attractive global export opportunity for Scotland’s renewable energy sector.




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