WHAT WE’RE PROVIDING IS THE AMBITION AND THE LEADERSHIP TO MAKE SCOTLAND THE GREEN ENERGY POWER HOUSE OF THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT.
–Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland
Strategic advantages, economic opportunities and stakeholder values are some of the drivers and enablers of Scotland’s ambitious climate and energy efforts. Scotland is combining its abundant natural energy resources with significant human capital (e.g. in engineering, finance and education) and political leadership to drive its Clean Revolution. Scotland’s actions go beyond existing UK and EU ambition and have received near universal political, business and NGO support.
Since 1999 Scotland has had its own devolved, sub-national government. While still part of the UK, this nation of 5.2 million has seized its new found autonomy to move ahead faster than most in dealing with the challenges and opportunities of climate change.
Scotland’s climate and energy leadership comes from its development and implementation of comprehensive and ambitious low carbon policies and measures. Scotland’s evolving climate change framework has already set deep emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2050, while a range of other policies and proposals are set to decarbonize its power and transport sectors. Scotland’s policy efforts place it in the forefront of the emerging Clean Revolution both in Europe and globally.