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Scottish renewable target ‘realistic’ with adequate private investment

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Audit Scotland has said that there is clear strategy to achieve the country’s 30% renewable target by 2020 and make Scotland become a world leader in clean energy.

The Audit has claimed in a report that Scotland has made steady progress in public investment, funding renewable energy projects with £264 million.

However, the Audit said that the government needs to get more investment from the private sector and work with other public bodies.

The auditor general for Scotland, Caroline Gardner said, “While there are aspects the Scottish Government and other public bodies should improve, the main challenge is that private sector investment has been slower than expected, reflecting the state of the economy and the uncertainty of developments in the wider UK energy sector.

“The Scottish Government needs to estimate how much public sector funding will be needed after 2014-15 to attract private sector investment and meet its goals for renewable energy. It also needs to start considering what its longer-term ambitions for renewable energy are after 2020.”

The Scottish government plans to deliver up to £30 billion investment and create 40,000 green jobs in the clean energy sector. The country also aims to produce 100% of its electricity from clean sources by 2020.

Sam Gardner, head of policy for WWF Scotland commented, “Scotland has the potential to be a world leader in renewable energy.  Today’s report shows that the Scottish Government is making clear progress towards establishing Scotland as a renewable powerhouse, which is attracting investment, cutting climate emissions and generating thousands of jobs”.

Further reading:

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Scotland looks to unlock renewables potential of its islands

Scottish community to become a pioneer in marine power

Scotland on track for 2020 renewables target

Scotland sets decarbonisation target and urges UK to follow suit

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