Scotland launches renewables campaign and adaptation framework

20 June 2014

LONDON: Scotland is promoting the green economy with a new campaign “Made in Scotland from Renewables”, just weeks after the first ever statutory Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Program was introduced.

The new initiative which comes from trade body, Scottish Renewables, places the spotlight on 12 Scottish food producers and farms that are spearheading the sustainable energy transition.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables noted there are four reasons why the foods and drinks industry is making the shift to clean energy, namely, “to lower their energy costs in the future, to reduce their carbon footprint, to potentially generate income – and because consumers are increasingly conscious of the environmental credentials of everything they buy.”

One of the success stories the campaign focuses on is Mackie’s, an ice-cream company which moved to renewables as a cost efficient way to meet business energy needs. The plant has solar panels on the farm’s roof and three wind turbines – with a fourth in the pipeline.

“We have a very good, windy site and high efficiency levels. Our power bill without renewable energy would be around £500,000 and we are actually paying about £150,000”, Mackie's Finance Director Gerry Stephens explained. 

Climate Change Adaptation

Meanwhile the Scottish Government has released a new strategy ‘Climate Ready Scotland’, which outlines its action plan for climate change adaptation.

While the new report documents the measures the Scottish parliament is overseeing to protect its people, environment and economy, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, was keen to emphasize the role of civil society in creating a more sustainable future. “Climate change is not something the Scottish Government can tackle alone - we all have a role to play in ensuring Scotland is well prepared and resilient to change”, the Minister affirmed.

Existing projects and policies relating to marine life, food security, planning infrastructure and biodiversity strategy among others are highlighted, and the report’s authors advise how these can feed into the overall objective of creating a more resilient Scotland.  

scotland adaptation framework

The adaptation program is intended to be seen as complementary to the nation’s mitigation efforts, with the report noting unless Scotland embraces a low carbon economy and implements reforms to prevent further warming, the adaptation challenges will be far greater.

Currently, Scotland has set emission reduction targets of 58% by 2027 and aims to generate 100% of its power from renewable energy by 2020, building on the 46% it contributes at present.

Libby Ferguson, States and Regions Director, The Climate Group, commented: “In the run up to Paris 2015, we must pay attention to those leading governments who are driving the global clean revolution. By setting ambitious but achievable targets, Scotland is distinguishing itself as a low carbon leader and one which we are proud to partner.”

“The new adaptation framework which recognizes the risk climate change poses to Scotland’s environment and enterprise, offers a smart and easily replicable blueprint which should become a key reference document for both regional and global political leaders.”

Graphic courtesy of Scottish Climate Change Apaptation Program

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