Scotland's Energy Future
As part of our Scotland House Discussion Series, on 13 June Scotland Europa welcomed Chris Stark, Head of Energy and Climate at the Scottish Government, to discuss Scotland’s new draft Energy Strategy, which was published by the Scottish Government in January 2017.
The roundtable gave the opportunity to a number of European stakeholders from our partner regions, European institutions and industry associations to learn about recent developments in Scottish energy policy. With a particular focus on Scotland’s ambition to develop an integrated energy systems approach by 2050, discussion focused on the role of heat and energy efficiency, as well as considering how new fuels, such as hydrogen, will form a part of our future energy mix.
Chris was supported in his a presentation by a number of stakeholders from Scotland, including Seonaid Vass, who highlighted SE’s approach to supporting Scotland’s sustainable energy transition; underlining SE’s key role in supporting businesses across Scotland’s key energy sectors as well as how we support the changing role of our traditional offshore industries, such as oil and gas. Guests also heard from Nigel Holmes, from the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (who highlighted innovative new approaches to sustainable energy islands in Orkney), Lynne Bryceland from Scottish Power (who emphasised the continued role large-scale pumped hydro storage has to play in Scotland’s future energy mix) as well as Rob Pedersen, who gave guests an insight into Dundee City Council’s plans to become a low-carbon city.
Small roundtable events such as these are a really useful opportunity to bring our Brussels-based partners up to speed on the direction of Scottish energy policy, and we hope to build on the high interest shown by European stakeholders in Scotland’s energy in further discussions over the next year.