According to the industry body Scottish Renewables, Scotland should set a new ambitious target of generating half of its total energy, including the likes of heat and transport demand, from renewables by the year 2030.
However, meeting this new goal would require a huge increase in green energy generation, but, new figures do show that Scotland is on track to be halfway there by the end of this decade alone.
This new, 50% total energy from renewables, target is planned to be part of the Scottish Renewables manifesto, Renewed Ambitions: Defining the Future of Renewable Energy in Scotland.
The next Scottish Government will have the support required, from this document, in order to continue the growth of the sector, along with the economic and environmental benefits that are already being delivered.
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s ambitious climate change and 2020 renewable energy targets have signalled a clear intent for the country to lead the way in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
"Together, renewables now produce the equivalent of 15% of Scotland’s energy use across electricity, heat and transport.
“But with only four years to go, it is now time to look beyond 2020 and for Scotland to set a stretching target for renewables to produce the equivalent of at least 50% of all energy use across electricity, heat, and transport by 2030.
“That may seem ambitious but we will be more than halfway there by the end of this decade, and Sweden - the European leader - already sources half of all energy from renewables today.”
The Scottish Renewables manifesto also calls on the next Scottish Government to:
· Expand community and local ownership of renewable energy projects though the creation of a Scottish Renewable Energy Bond which would allow savers across Scotland to invest in the growth of the renewables industry while also generating a return on their investment
· Ensure Scotland’s public sector acts as an exemplar and spearheads the growth of renewable energy through a target for renewable energy use in heat, power and transport for public bodies
· Accelerate the growth of sustainable transport by allowing the use of bus lanes, providing free parking, and expanding the provision of charging and re-fuelling points for low-carbon vehicles
Managing Director and Founder of Ice Energy, Andrew Sheldon, responded to this news by saying: “It is fantastic to see Scotland leading the way as far as renewables is concerned; looking to even more ambitious targets to help the fight against climate change.
“Here at Ice Energy we have been, and will continue to work with homeowners and social housing providers, to install and use heat pumps as a method to help Scotland deliver the new targets of 50% total energy from renewables by 2030.
“The best thing to happen from this would be to see social housing firms in Scotland to act upon what the Scottish Renewables wants to achieve, by becoming more renewable, be it through heat pumps, solar, etc. helping to once again meet that target, whilst giving people the option for cheaper heating of their homes, aiding in the fight against climate change and fuel poverty combined.”