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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00498: Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire and Buchan Coast)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of the UK Government’s energy policies will be on Scotland's efforts to tackle climate change.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 21 December 2016

This issue was debated earlier in December and found support in the chamber for Scotland’s renewables. Climate change is a global challenge and other countries must step up to match Scotland’s levels of ambition and action. In the area of energy, where many key levers remain reserved, recent UK Government policies have often hampered, rather than supported, Scotland’s drive to renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage.

This includes recent announcements on the Contracts for Difference mechanism which created further uncertainty in areas we thought were secure, our remote island wind projects, and wave and tidal technologies.

Further to this the cancellation of the UK Government’s flagship CCS Commercialisation Competition in November 2015 was both surprising and disappointing and yet the need for CCS as an important part of future low-carbon infrastructure strategies remains.