McArthur: Scot Gov “must turn up the heat” on renewable heating

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government must “turn up the heat” on efforts to promote renewable heating after new figures revealed that renewable heat generation decreased in 2016.

In response to a parliamentary question, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse revealed that during the 2016 calendar year, just 4.8–5.0% of Scotland’s non-electrical heat demand was supplied from renewable sources, despite heat making up around half of Scotland’s energy usage. Moreover, renewable heat generation decreased by 11%, when compared with 2015.

Speaking after the the parliamentary statement on greenhouse gas emissions today, Mr McArthur said:

“Heat makes up a significant percentage of the country's emissions yet these figures show that there is still significant progress to be made in heating our homes and buildings from renewable sources.

“In light of his Government’s ambitious climate change targets, the Minister for Energy’s efforts are looking particularly lethargic. The Scottish Government must turn up the heat to ensure that progress is delivered and our climate targets are met.

“If we are to ensure that Scotland becomes a world leader in the battle against climate change the Government needs to engage local authorities to push forward on renewable heating projects and create thousands more energy efficient warm homes.”

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