Scotland has some of the most ambitious net-zero commitments in the world, but to deliver them will require a world beating planning framework. Planning is the number one barrier members tell us that our projects face.
By 2030 Scotland will need at least an additional 12GW of onshore wind, 10GW offshore wind, 4GW more solar PV and to be building out new Pumped Storage Hydro projects. On top of that we’ll need to have decarbonised heat in half of Scotland’s homes and buildings while electrifying our transport systems. Gaining planning consent will be pivotal to achieving all of this and for building the supporting infrastructure this energy transition will need.
The NPF4 promised to transform planning to enable the achievement of net-zero but we are yet to see significant political progress on these reforms. In the meantime, industry continues to take on the task of trying to achieve the levels of deployment net-zero demands while planning continues to be a major obstacle.
With demanding targets to be reached and 2030 less than eight years away, Scottish Renewables’ Planning Conference 2022 will examine all these issues and more.
- What a planning system reset to deliver net-zero would look like
- How renewables projects will be expected to adapt to meet changing government priorities
- What can be done to ensure consents are delivered predictably, consistently and quickly
This conference will bring together leading experts and decision-makers to map out the policy change required, examine the business opportunities - as well as the obstacles - which lie ahead and consider the system changes needed to enable deployment at the pace and scale required to achieve our net-zero target. The event will provide the latest industry insights on planning and infrastructure, as well as providing thought leadership for the year ahead.
Who should attend?
Industry and supply chain, local and national government, academia, public bodies, professional advisors and consultants, community groups and anyone else with an interest in the development and growth of Scotland’s renewables sector.