Academics and experts questioned on renewable energy in Scotland
24 May 2021
The Scottish Affairs Committee examines employment, funding and power distribution in renewable energy in Scotland.
- Watch Parliament TV: Renewable energy in Scotland
- Inquiry: Renewable energy in Scotland
- Scottish Affairs Committee
Thursday 27 May 2021, virtual meeting
- Prof. Karen Turner, Director, Centre of Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde
- Prof. Keith Bell, UK Energy Research Centre
- Neil Douglas, Director, BVG Associates
Scotland currently produces the equivalent of more than 97% of its energy demand from renewables and is a world leader in wind power. At the same time, it is also the home of oil and gas exploration in the UK.
With Glasgow hosting COP26 in November and pressure is on the UK and Scottish Governments to demonstrate to the world how they intend to meet their ambitious decarbonisation targets for 2050 and 2045 respectively. It is hoped that the event will result in agreement from all nations of the world over how to reduce carbon emissions worldwide to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
During the session, the Committee are likely to ask witnesses about:
- Employment: about how a renewables transition can be achieved without leaving participants in the oil and gas sector behind – known as a ‘just transition’.
- Funding: How renewable energy generation can be best supported and promoted by the Scottish and UK Governments.
- Power distribution: whether the grid can cope with the transition.