Question reference: S6W-08983
- Asked by: Dean Lockhart, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
- Date lodged: 9 June 2022
Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 23 June 2022
To ask the Scottish Government by which date in Autumn 2022 it will publish its previously delayed, updated Energy Strategy.
The Scottish Government committed to publishing a refresh of the 2017 Energy Strategy in the Programme for Government and Bute House Agreement. Following the Scottish Government's response to the Just Transition Commission, we committed to publishing a Just Transition Plan for energy, which will be integrated with the forthcoming Energy Strategy Refresh to ensure a cohesive and joined up framework for action.
In Parliament on 29 March 2022, I announced that the Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (ESJTP) would be published in Autumn 2022 for consultation. It was previously due to be published in Spring 2022.
The revised timeline will allow time for the development of a robust evidence base. It will also enable consideration of recent, fast-moving events in the energy industry, the impact of the rising cost of energy, and the UK Government's Energy Security Strategy and forthcoming Energy Bill.
Additionally, this summer we are engaging with those most likely to be impacted by the energy transition, in line with our wider approach to just transition. We will be carrying out a number of events to identify what needs to be done to ensure the energy transition is good for Scotland’s people and build consensus that will enable policy makers to develop the best solutions.