Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomed the announcement today (26 March 2013) of the go-ahead for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland said:
“Renewable energy is already playing a huge role in reducing Scotland’s climate change emissions. Offshore wind will be a huge part of our energy future and this scheme is a big step forward.

“This development will help make sure we get the right kind of turbines in the right places as we harness the energy of the winds off our coast. Giving the go-ahead for this scheme is a boost for jobs and will help us cut carbon emissions.

“Well done to the Scottish Government for standing up to Donald Trump’s threats and bluster.”

ENDS

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Per Fischer, Press Office, Friends of the Earth Scotland
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Notes to Editors

1. European Offshore Wind Centre Approved (SG press release)
www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/clean_british_energy_clean_power_action_39060.html

2. A recent survey for Scottish Renewables showed strong support for renewables energy in Scotland
foe-scotland.org.uk/news180313

3. Our report showing how Scotland can meet its energy needs from efficiency and renewables: Power of Scotland Secured,
www.foe-scotland.org.uk/power-secured

4. For more information on unconventional gas developments see:
www.foe-scotland.org.uk/fracking

5. Friends of the Earth Scotland is * Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation * An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland * Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent. www.foe-scotland.org.uk