At its meeting on 11 June
2019, the Committee decided to scrutinise the Energy Statement and to focus on
decarbonisation of the heat sector, particularly on progress towards the target
of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewables by 2020.
2018 was a record year for renewable
electricity in Scotland, with generation increasing by 6.1% from 2017, and further large-scale
projects in the pipeline. Renewable heat however only increased by
1.2% (4.7% in 2016), and in contrast to electricity where Scotland performs
strongly relative to Europe, it is the lowest of all countries for renewable heat – below the
UK share as a whole of 7.5% and well below the EU
average of 19.5%, as set out below:
On 14 May 2019, in oral evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) stated:
If there is a test of whether we are serious, it is on heating. We have an extraordinarily useful energy system delivering heat to every home in Scotland and the UK at the moment and it works extremely well. Sadly, it is based on fossil fuels in the main. It is not going to be easy to change that, but it is necessary that we do so. The targets that we already have require that, and a net zero target makes it even more obvious that it needs to be done.
We do not have a strategy across the UK that will deliver a decarbonised heat system. There are big choices to be made about how to do it. The key message from the CCC to Governments in Scotland and the UK is that you have no excuse but to make that plan now. It is essential that that happens. That does not mean that we need to see the exact detail of what the system looks like in 2050, but it does mean that there has to be a clear commitment now […].
Priorities for Consideration
This short and focused
inquiry is intended as a “health-check” on the development and supply of
renewable heat, recognising that stakeholders are likely to have responded to
at least five consultations on this, or related, subjects in the last two years.
The Committee is therefore
seeking focussed submissions extending to no more than two pages on:
- Whether the 11% renewable
heat target is still appropriate?
- Whether the target is
likely to be achieved?
- What the key risks and
threats to achieving the target are, and what more can be done?
How to submit your views
The call for written views will close on FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER.
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