Trade body Scottish Renewables has launched a broadside against the country’s government after it announced its Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan will be published by next summer – more than two years later than anticipated.
“It is now more than four years since the Scottish Government declared a climate emergency,” said its director of communications and strategy Nick Sharpe (pictured).
“This document was due in Spring 2022, and a delay of more than two years is not the pace at which policy making should move in an emergency.
“The UK government is slowing down on its journey to net-zero and many barriers still stand in the way of our industry’s continued development, so it is vital the Scottish government sets out as soon as possible how it intends to deliver on the undoubted promise of its draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan.
“Make no mistake, we are in a global race to secure the enormous benefits of transitioning to a net-zero energy system.
The renewable energy industry needs clear direction now to ensure Scotland maintains its position as a world leader in clear power, or we face losing the billions of pounds of investment that a first-mover advantage can deliver.”