Carbon calculator factors Scottish onshore wind success

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has unveiled a carbon calculator to help the country go “further and faster” with renewables. He singled out onshore wind as a key area to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has unveiled a carbon calculator to help the country go “further and faster” with renewables.

He singled out onshore wind as a key area to press ahead in because of its mature supply chain.

The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target for all of Scotland’s electricity needs to come from renewables by 2020.

The new carbon calculator will help developers assess the carbon savings of wind.

Mr Ewing said: “We will require developers to use the carbon calculator in applying to Government for permission and it will encourage developers to design schemes that minimise losses of carbon from peat.

He urged planning authorities to encourage developers to use the carbon assessment tool for all wind farms on peat “as a matter of good practice”.

The carbon calculator can be viewed at: https://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/Energy-sources/19185/17852-1/CSavings

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