Scotland continues path to 100% renewables and net-zero status

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Scotland is on track to move its energy sector to 100% renewables by the end of 2020, and possibly in time to host the UN’s international climate talks in Glasgow in November. Scottish Renewables has been tracking the country’s progress and found that 76% of the electricity consumption in 2019 was from renewables, with initiatives to reach 100% on schedule. Wind power has played a key role, with energy generated in the first half of 2019 enough to power not only every household in Scotland, but millions across the border in northern England too. Scotland has a legally binding target to reach net-zero by 2045 on all greenhouse gasses – not just CO2. Construction of the Seagreen Wind Energy Farm is expected to begin in 2022, which will produce enough energy to power over a million homes by itself.

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