Record breaking CO2 saved by Scottish renewables industry

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THE amount of carbon removed is equivalent to what is produced by all Scotland’s cars, buses, trains and lorries from our roads and railways.

Scotland’s renewable energy sector is displacing more carbon emissions than ever – a 120 per cent increase on only five years ago, new figures show.

In 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, renewable energy projects including wind farms, hydro power and solar prevented more than one million tonnes of CO2 per month from entering the atmosphere.

The reduction – 12.3 million tonnes in total – is the highest ever recorded in Scotland, and up 119 per cent on 2010, when 5,611 million tonnes were displaced. The figure is equivalent to more CO2 than is emitted from every single car, bus and train journey taken over the course of a year in Scotland.

The statistics were published in response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Callum McCaig MP and answered by UK Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom MP.

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager for Scottish Renewables, said: “For the fourth year in a row these figures show an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide which has been displaced by Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

“The figure is equivalent to almost a quarter (23 per cent) of Scotland’s total carbon emissions which is clearly good news for our environment, and is even more impressive when you consider the wider economic and social benefits that the sector brings”.