Scotland is on track to reach 100% renewable energy target by the end of 2020. In 2016, the country closed down its last coal fired power plant. The plant once powered 25% of homes in the country and was once the largest coal plant in all of Europe. The majority of renewable energy is now produced by onshore wind energy. The country also creates heat with waste to energy technology.
The United Nations international climate talks will take place in Scotland in November. For the most part, most countries aren’t even close to reaching the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The United States, the 2nd largest emitter, withdrew from the accords. Russia, the 5th largest emitter, didn’t make a pledge at all. It is clear that the world isn’t even close to where it should be to combat climate change. Scotland is a light and is now clearly one of the leaders and countries others should aspire to and learn from.
Written by Justin Stanphill