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18/06/13 10:06

Scotland’s Renewable Heat on target

New report shows 11 per cent progress.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing today welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government Renewable Heat in Scotland update report for 2012, produced by the Energy Saving Trust.

The latest report shows continued good progress towards Scotland’s 11 per cent target for renewable heat.

In 2012, Scotland generated three times more heat than 2009. This represents about 4.1 per cent of projected total heat demand could be in 2020.

Speaking in advance of the Scottish Renewables Heat and Bioenergy Seminar in Perth, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“The Scottish Government is committed in supporting the development of a commercially viable, diverse renewable heat industry that will deliver benefits to the wider public.

“It is positive to see that in Scotland we are still moving ahead towards our 2020 target however its good practice to consider how we can further improve our plans in order to ensure we stay on course.

“We have also further improved our methodology relating to our renewable heat target, reflecting our increased ambition in this area. Working with our stakeholders we are making good progress and we will continue to examine maximising renewable heat generation, providing an update in the Heat Generation Policy Statement later this year.

“Renewable heat can not only be used to supply individual homes and businesses, but can be used for district heating to supply large quantities of heat at much cheaper rates. In an era of high energy costs, these are important benefits.

“We are working hard to progress with schemes throughout Scotland so we can reap the same benefits as many mainland European countries.”

Notes to editors

The Scottish Government will publish the HGPS for consultation by the end of 2013.

The full report can be downloaded at:

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Take-action/Get-business-funding/Renewable-Heat-in-Scotland-2011