Scottish energy plan draws praise
EMEC MD calls draft strategy ‘clear, aspirational’ and ‘challenging’
The Scottish government’s draft energy strategy is “clear, aspirational” and “challenging”, according to European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) managing director Neil Kermode.
He said: “The draft Scottish energy strategy is excellent as it joins the dots together on renewables, transport and heat and shows a transition away from fossil fuels to a sustainable economy. It is clear, aspirational and therefore challenging to do.”
Kermode was quoted along with other energy company leaders ahead of Scottish Renewables annual conference in Edinburgh on 21 and 22 March.
Jonny Clark, managing director of Edinburgh consultancy ITPEnergised, said the strategy should focus on “transcending relatively short-term political horizons”.
He said the strategy needs to be clear in its direction of travel and set out targets that address the carbon-intensity of the country’s electricity generation.
Where possible the strategy should align with the UK government’s wider industrial strategy to “deliver win-wins”, he added.
“A clear vision and minimising uncertainty is key to attracting and stimulating investment in the sector, which will in turn deliver employment, social benefits and help us meet our climate change goals,” Clark said.