We must be bold in our vision for Scotland's energy future
Scottish Green MSPs tonight (6 Dec) expressed disappointment after other parties voted down proposals to set a target of Scotland producing half of all the energy it consumes from clean, renewable sources.
The Greens believe the target, which is backed by industry and charities, would help create more jobs, reduce climate change emissions and air pollution, and cut fuel poverty.
In today's Holyrood debate on Scotland's Renewables, an amendment from Green MSP Mark Ruskell proposed that the forthcoming energy strategy should set a target to ensure that 50 per cent of all Scotland’s energy needs across the heat, electricity and transport sectors are met by renewables by 2030. The amendment was voted down by SNP, Conservative and Lib Dem MSPs, while Labour abstained.
Mr Ruskell said:
"Scotland's renewables industry has been badly damaged by the anti-Green policies of the Westminster Government, and it's vital that the Scottish Government speeds up the shift towards investment in our low carbon future. The target of 50 per cent of energy from renewables must feature in the Scottish Government's forthcoming energy strategy, so the refusal of the SNP to support my amendment today is deeply concerning.
"We must be bold in our vision for Scotland's energy future. By setting a strong target we can build on the good progress we've already made, and ensure lasting jobs for our communities as the fossil fuel era ends."