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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09571: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide a substantive response to the concerns raised in the letter by John Finnie MSP on 22 November 2016 regarding possible deficiencies with the carbon calculator for wind farms on peat, which received a holding reply from the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy on 23 December, which stated "I have asked my officials to consider these questions, prior to responding in a substantive fashion, as I want to ensure that we have full answers".

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 16 June 2017

In my response, on the 23 December, I stated the following:-

'As you know the Scottish Government worked with SEPA in order to update the carbon calculator into a web based version, which would be more user friendly and I launched this in June at the Scottish Renewables Onshore wind conference. This is, clearly, a technical area and so I have asked my officials to consider these questions, prior to responding in a substantive fashion, as I want to ensure that we have full answers for your constituent and take on feedback where appropriate.

I will respond to you as soon as we have an answer.'

The response to the questions regarding our carbon calculator were sent to you on 16 June 2017. I hope this response answers your concerns.