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Scottish Renewable Energy Framework

ACE submitted a written response to the Scottish Government and the Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland’s (FREDS) consultation on a framework for the development and deployment of renewable energy in Scotland.

In summary, ACE is pleased that the role of energy efficiency in helping to achieve Scotland‟s renewables target has been recognised. More widely, we are impressed by the positive approach set out in the draft framework, which is a welcome change from the lack of ambition contained in some recent Government consultation documents. The draft framework is set in the context of a UK Climate Change Act, which received royal assent last month, which sets a target for an 80% reduction in UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meanwhile the Scottish Climate Change Bill, will set the same emissions reduction target. A number of recent studies have confirmed that energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest and easiest means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions1. Pound for pound, investment in energy efficiency displaces up to eleven times more CO2 than new generation. Clearly energy efficiency has a crucial role to play in meeting Government targets on climate change and on renewable energy.

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