Greenhouse gas emissions from power stations in Scotland have fallen by around a third in five years, new figures reveal.
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said emissions dropped from 18.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2006 to 12.1 million tonnes in 2011.
The figures were revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question from Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP Rob Gibson.
Mr Gibson said: “These new figures are a welcome confirmation of the important role our renewable energy sector is playing in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a greener Scotland.
“Scotland has the potential to lead the world in renewable energy – a Yes vote will allow us to continue to prioritise action to reap the rewards of this incredible resource in contrast to the disastrous decisions being taken on nuclear power by the UK Government.”
It is estimated over 11,600 people are currently employed in the renewable energy sector in Scotland.