In 2011, Scotland had given itself the target of reaching 100% clean electricity consumption in 2020. And last year, the country almost reached its target. It managed to ensure that 98.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources, according to the Scottish government’s December energy statement.
Scotland is preparing to achieve net-zero by 2045 which is a legally binding target. It is the country that has one of the most ambitious climate targets in the world.
The BBC states:
“In 2019, Scotland met 90.1% of its equivalent electricity consumption from renewables, according to Scottish government figures.
The 100% target was set in 2011 when renewable technologies generated just 37% of national demand.”
61.8% of all electricity generated in Scotland in 2020 was from clean energy sources. There was a 1.9 TWh increase in clean electricity generated in 2020 compared to 2019, mainly from wind and hydro.
Cabinet secretary for net-zero, energy and transport Michael Matheson said:
“Scotland is leading the way internationally with our commitment to being net-zero by 2045. This statement shows we are continuing to make good progress with the equivalent of 98.6% of gross electricity consumption being from renewable sources in 2020, which is up from 89.8% in 2019.”
Scotland is on its way to creating a massively positive impact on the environment. Let’s hope it achieves its target and inspires other countries to do the same.