Scottish Ministers met with the energy industry yesterday to discuss the effects of Brexit.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse met with key sector stakeholders in Edinburgh to talk about the difficulties posed by the EU referendum result and make sure the Scottish Government is doing all it can to help.
Mr Wheelhouse set out plans for the forthcoming Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy, canvassing industry opinion on how best to navigate current uncertainty going forwards.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government has a democratic responsibility to protect Scotland’s position in Europe. That will be our first priority and I will make that clear to key energy stakeholders at this event.
“Our new Energy Strategy will demonstrate how to facilitate and capitalise on the transition to a low carbon economy, reaping social, economic and environmental benefits. We will seek to provide leadership, clarity and direction for industry – the impetus for which has greatly increased following the EU referendum.
“Both of these will be crucial to help the energy sector respond, both in the short and long term, to the EU vote as the position for both Scotland and the UK develops and becomes clearer. We understand that the energy industry requires a stable environment and investors need policy certainty. That is why a steady, managed transition is so fundamental to our energy strategy.”