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Role for Scots green energy firms in China

Role for Scots green energy firms in China
The renewable-energy industry offers "massive" opportunities for Scotland and China to collaborate, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

The renewable-energy industry offers “massive” opportunities for Scotland and China to collaborate, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

China has set a target of doubling the share of energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Mr Salmond said yesterday that Scottish firms could play a key role in helping the superpower to achieve its aim.

Speaking during a visit to the new Beijing office of Glasgow-based green energy specialist SgurrEnergy, the first minister said the £12billion-plus a year being invested by China in renewables created huge opportunities for Scottish firms.

Mr Salmond added: “The potential benefits, domestically and globally, now and in the future, are vast.”

He said there were many Scottish companies developing productive relationships with China, thanks to their recognised expertise and innovation in clean energy, adding: “SgurrEnergy’s success shows just what can be achieved. It is only six years since the company began life as a small business in an attic in Glasgow.”

Also visiting the Beijing office was Scottish Enterprise chief executive Jack Perry, who said: “Scotland has some of the best renewable-energy resources in the world, which coupled with our strengths in innovation, have helped make us a leading global energy player in the field of clean, green energy.

“This latest development by SgurrEnergy not only demonstrates how successfully our companies are taking this innovation and experience and applying it globally, but it also helps set the stage even further for similar ventures in the future.”

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