Stop Climate Chaos

Briefing on Scotland’s 100% renewable electricity target

September 2011

In May 2011, the Scottish Government announced its target to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's total electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020.

RSPB, WWF, Friends of the Earth Scotland and others welcomed the commitment to source 100% of our demand from renewables since it demonstrates the Scottish Government's commitment to the development of a clean, green and secure energy supply for Scotland. However for this to be truly sustainable, it is vital that renewable energy is deployed without harm to sensitive environmental resources and in line with the energy hierarchy whereby demand reduction and energy efficiency is prioritised.

This short briefing note is intended to provide an introductory overview to the generation and consumption of electricity in Scotland and the implications of the new 100% renewables target for 2020.

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