15% of carbon emissions replaced by renewables

The renewable energy industry claims Scotland is producing enough low carbon electricity to offset emissions from Longannet power station in Fife. The latest figures show wind and hydro developments have displaced 8.36 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. That is the equivalent of taking some 3.5 million cars off the roads or turning off the country’s biggest coal-fired power station.

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager of Scottish Renewables, said: “The latest figures show that Scottish renewables projects displaced the equivalent of 15 per cent of the country’s total carbon emissions, which is 55.7 Mt CO2. This is proof that Scotland’s renewables industry is establishing itself as one of the most effective weapons in tackling climate change and addressing the greatest threat to our natural environment. Renewable electricity produced in Scotland by technologies such as wind and hydro already amounts to over one third of the total used in all of our homes and businesses, and these latest figures are evidence that we are delivering further real benefits.”

However, Helen McDade, from conservation charity the John Muir Trust, said the figures did not show the full picture. She said: “Unfortunately these figures don’t give a true picture and the reason for that is this is the equivalent of a company publishing its annual accounts with gross profit and not putting in the net profit. What you have to take into account here is all the carbon in, if we take wind, making turbines, the extra transmission for that particular technology and particularly the back-up generation that we are going to have to build for the future.”



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