The Scottish Government will not meet its 2016 target to eradicate fuel poverty, an expert group has confirmed.
Scottish homes with solar panels would have received enough energy from the sun to meet their entire electricity consumption last month, according to environmentalists.
Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 is feasible, but only with concerted action to jump-start their use in transport, building and industry. Bioenergy is seen as being a critical component to achieving this objective. And if it is, then the sector could “sustain 24.4million jobs worldwide” just 15 years from now.
The European Union says its emissions fell 4% last year, meaning the 28-nation bloc has already surpassed its target for 2020. A report by the EU’s environment agency said 2014 emissions were 23% lower than in 1990. The EU is the world’s third largest greenhouse gas polluter.
Oil Search has increased its production targets after achieving a record quarterly output in the second quarter of the year. The company said it now expects its production to be between 27 and 29mmboe (million barrels of oil equivalent). A previous estimate by the Papua New Guinea focused oil and gas producer had been between 26 and 28mmboe.
The Scottish Government should consider introducing congestion charging to help meet its climate change targets, according to a report. The paper prepared by the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said stronger policies are needed in areas such as transport, renewable heat, agriculture and forestry if targets are to be met in future. It warned that plans to cut air passenger duty by 50% when it is devolved to Holyrood could lead to increased carbon emissions and called for a re-evaluation of speed limits.