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Scottish Government renewables targets achievable say Scottish Planners

29 June 2012

Bob ReidThe Scottish Government's extremely challenging renewable targets are achievable, assuming that the Government acts on its promised reforms to the planning system, claims a new report. Is Planning Part of the Solution? published by RTPI Scotland, the body that represents the planning professional in Scotland, lays out key actions that need to be taken by the Scottish Government, councils (planning authorities), developers, Scottish Renewables, key agencies, and communities for the targets to be met.

The Scottish Government aims for 30% of all Scottish energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. This includes 11% of Scottish heat demand, 10% of transport fuel and an equivalent of 100% of Scotland's electricity consumption. There is also a target to reduce energy consumption in Scotland by 12%.

Photo: Bob Reid, RTPI Scotland's Convenor.

Bob Reid, Convenor of RTPI Scotland, said: \"Planners believe that the Government can meet the targets for renewables, but in order to do so it needs to act on its reforms outlined in the recent Ministerial Statement 'Planning Reform- Next Steps?'. Planners are ready to identify the areas best suited for renewables and also the areas which need protecting, but the Government and others must be prepared to show leadership and uphold the trusted plan-led system which reconciles often competing demands from developers and the community.\"

Is Planning Part of the Solution? is available here.