Energy: Opportunities and Challenges

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Publication Date
26/07/2011

ECRR Peter Wilson Lecture 2010


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Scotland has an opportunity to realise its great renewable energy potential while developing other low carbon technologies and the required infrastructure. Jim McDonald argues that the nation could lead the world in creating an energy industry for the 21st Century.

The Scottish government has set ambitious targets for the nation’s energy provision. By 2011, 31 per cent of electricity will be from renewables; 50 per cent by 2020. Furthermore, there will be a 42 per cent carbon reduction by 2020; 80 per cent by 2050. Professor McDonald regards these targets as opportunities that Scotland has to capitalise on if it is to become one of the green powerhouses of Europe. This requires addressing Scotland’s energy base – renewables, hydrocarbons and nuclear power – as well as the means to distribute electricity.


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