Reacting to the launch of the Scottish Renewables manifesto and call for a 50% renewables target of all energy by 2030, Anne Schiffer, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“This call from Scottish Renewables is welcome as we need a holistic approach to the renewable energy transition in Scotland that integrates electricity, heat and transport. We also need to make sure that communities don’t miss out. Therefore we are calling on the Scottish Government to increase the current 500MW target of community and locally owned energy by 2020 to 1GW and also set an ambitious target of 2GW by 2030.”

Schiffer continued: “In a difficult UK policy environment, it is vital that Scotland continues to lead the way to an energy future based on renewables that deliver for local economies.”

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Notes to Editors

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