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Motion ref. S6M-06229

The Economic Impact of Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector – 2022 Update

Submitted by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Alasdair Allan, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Alexander Burnett (Registered interest ), Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Willie Coffey, Graeme Dey, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Gillian Martin, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Jenni Minto, Emma Roddick, Mark Ruskell, Collette Stevenson, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Sue Webber, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, November 24, 2022

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of The Economic Impact of Scotland's Renewable Energy Sector – 2022 Update, by Scottish Renewables and the Fraser of Allander Institute, which it understands provides the latest economic output and job figures for Scotland’s renewables energy industry; understands that the report demonstrates that Scotland’s renewable energy industry and its supply chain supported more than 27,000 full time equivalent jobs, and that onshore wind supported the most employment across Scotland’s economy from the renewable energy sector, with 10,120 full time equivalent roles, followed by offshore wind with 6,735 full-time equivalent roles, and hydropower with 4,395 full-time equivalent roles; highlights the report's findings that Scotland’s renewable energy industry generated £5.6 billion of output in 2020; considers that the report found onshore wind had the largest estimated economic output, generating nearly £2.5 billion, with offshore wind and hydropower both supporting more than £1.1 billion output, and welcomes what it sees as the strength of Scotland’s renewable energy industry and the energy security, economic, environmental and social benefits that it brings to communities across Scotland, including in East Lothian.