Following an opinion poll published today (Thursday 20 October) which revealed public support in Britain for onshore wind power is greatest in Scotland, WWF Scotland director Lang Banks released the following statements.
“It’s great to know that support in Scotland for renewables, especially onshore wind, remains at such high levels. The reality is that when given a choice the public will always support clean renewables over polluting fossil fuels of nuclear power.
“As well as powering our homes and businesses, renewables are helping to cut carbon and support over 20,000 jobs across the country. With such great public support, Ministers should press on to ensure Scotland becomes the EU’s first fully renewable electricity nation.”
As well as powering our homes and businesses, renewables are helping to cut carbon and support over 20,000 jobs across the country.
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The polling comes a day after it was revealed that that a record amount of climate warming CO2 has been displaced by Scotland’s renewable energy. Banks added:
“It’s fantastic news to learn that record amounts of climate-damaging carbon emissions have been avoided in Scotland thanks to increasing renewable electricity generation.
“These figures highlight just one example of the many social and economic benefits that have come from shifting our electricity system to a clean renewable one. However, with electricity generation now accounting for less than one quarter of Scotland’s climate change emissions, it’s now time to begin to reap the same benefits by increasing the use of renewables in our heat and transport sectors.
“Building upon the massive progress that has come from setting a target for renewable electricity, we now need the Scottish Government to set a 50 per cent renewables target for all our energy needs by 2030. Independent research has shown that such a target is not only needed, but that it is achievable.”