MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee have launched a new inquiry into Scotland’s renewable credentials ahead of the COP26 Conference.
The new inquiry is likely to examine:
- How ‘net-zero’ targets can be met by development of renewable energy in Scotland.
- The technologies that would best serve Scotland and how challenges in their development can be overcome
- The employment potential of renewables in Scotland and how a ‘just transition’ for oil and gas workers can be achieved.
- How the UK and Scottish Governments can work together to reach their green goals.
The Committee has opened the inquiry to evidence submissions, the public can submit written evidence on the inquiry webpage, which is open until Friday 14 May.
Committee Chair Pete Wishart MP said: ‘In November, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland and, as hosts, the onus will be on us to demonstrate to the world what can be done to tackle climate change. Some of the world’s loftiest targets to eliminate net carbon emissions can be found in Scotland and its critical that we set an example that the world can follow.
‘The UK is already a leader in offshore wind, thanks in part to the examples off the coast of Aberdeen, a city best known for its links to oil and gas. The future of Aberdeen is the future of the world in a microcosm – transitioning effectively and fairly from dirty to cleaner energies. Knowing how to address the challenges involved is vital in this critical juncture for the health of the planet.
‘Our inquiry will assess success of the net-zero targets, identify the opportunities Scotland has and the challenges we face in delivering decarbonisation and a just transition for workers from fossil fuels.’