Already noted as one of the leading countries in the world for its efforts towards Renewable Energy, Scotland at the end of last year announced that 2012 was by far the best year yet for the country in regards to reaching its renewable energy targets.
With the renewable industry sector providing jobs for around 11,000 people, the government was able to announce that during 2012, the sector received over £1 billion in investment.
To add to this, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that over the first three quarters, the country generated a total of 10,401 GWh of renewable electricity –15.2 per cent higher than the third quarter in 2011.
Though 2011 itself was notable for being one of record breaking achievements – thanks to grid updates worth approximately £7 billion at the beginning of the year, along with investments from Samsung among many others – lead to the record breaking year.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:
“2012 has been the best year yet for renewable energy in Scotland, and I am confident that the industry will grow further still in 2012.
“We have smashed our interim renewable electricity target of 31 per cent, with renewable electricity meeting 36.3 per cent of Scottish electricity consumption in 2011.”
With records being broken seemingly year on year, 2012 was but another step towards the goal of attaining 50% electrical reliance on renewable energy by 2015. Now only two short years away, this is but a stepping stone considering that by 2020, the target for Scotland is 100% reliance.
With that in mind, a group described as ‘progressive Conservatives” have this January pledged to put the UK’s green economy at the centre of the party’s 2015 electoral campaign; hoping for it to be the norm by 2020.
The pamphlet, led by Climate Change Minister, Greg Baker said that:
“We will drop the word “renewable” because renewable will be the norm. Ultimately, sustainable energy sources will be as much about economic efficiencies, resilience, and a modern economic model as it is about reducing our carbon emissions in the face of climate change.”
Published on the same day as the mid-term review of the coalition pamphlet, 2020 vision: An Agenda for Transformation, the pamphlet suggests as to where the British Government may be leading the environmental movement in 2015.
But how can home owners help the environment?
The simple truth is that by even making the slightest adjustments to your lifestyle can help save the environment and save you money.
•In the house you can simply reduce the temperature of your thermostat. Even doing so by a mere two degrees can save around 907 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere every single year.
•As for the garden, if you’re looking to be working in it this summer, you can build your own Eco, custom built greenhouse made out of glass bottles, though if you’re after something traditional, then Hartley Botanics’ range of Greenhouses may be better for you.
•If you drive a car, you can of course improve your carbon footprint by improving your fuel economy; saving you money and curtailing the amount of carbon dioxide you release into the atmosphere.
By: Anna Taylor