The Azimuth Project
A Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland


The Scottish Government is committed to reducing emissions by 42% by 2020, and by 80% by 2050:

The main strategic targets are to:

  • decarbonise electricity generation by 2030, largely decarbonise heat sector by 2050;
  • almost complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050;
  • significant decarbonisation of rail by 2050; and
  • establish a comprehensive approach to ensure that carbon is fully factored into strategic and local decisions about rural and urban land use.

The ‘low carbon economic aims’ are to:

  • increase the value of our low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10% of the Scottish economy by 2015 and continue to increase beyond and in doing so, create 60,000 green jobs;
  • provide 80% of our electricity, 11% of our heat production and 10% of our transport use from renewable sources by 2020; and,
  • reduce Scotland’s final energy use by 12% through energy efficiency measures by 2020.

Scotland is estimated to have 60 GW of renewable energy resources - the equivalent of three-quarters of the UK’s installed electricity generating capacity. Also see other materials on energy and fuels put out by the Scottish Government.

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