Update to the Climate Change Plan
The Scottish Government has today (Dec 16) published an Update to the Climate Change Plan: Securing a Green Recovery on a Path to Net Zero which sets out the government's pathway to our ambitious targets set by the Climate Change Act 2019.
Responding, Morag Watson, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said:
"Today’s update to Scotland’s Climate Change Plan addresses a number of barriers which Scottish Renewables and its members have identified as barriers to net-zero, and as such its publication is warmly welcomed.
"In particular, a commitment to ensuring Scotland has a flexible, responsive electricity system powered by renewables is good news, as is a pledge to reduce timescales for granting planning consent for complex electricity generation and energy transmission infrastructure upgrades.
"We are also pleased to see the introduction of a framework of support to deliver a step-change in emerging technologies and support the commercialisation of renewable energy generation, storage and supply.
"On heat, confirmation that Scotland will be participating in the UK Clean Heat Grant will support the uptake of heat pumps – good news for homeowners, particularly in rural areas, who currently pay a disproportionate amount for heating – as well as Scottish manufacturing of the technologies needed to tackle climate change."