Scotland's renewables industry showcased at Commonwealth Games
A video highlighting the benefits of renewable energy to Scotland has been released today (July 25) by energy trade body Scottish Renewables.
The animation will be premiered at an international Commonwealth Games renewables event in Glasgow and runs over 30 key green energy facts in two-and-a-half minutes (scroll down for video).
Accompanied by a hard-copy inforgraphic booklet to be launched next week, the video aims to better communicate the advantages of renewable energy to the Scottish public.
Scottish Renewables chief executive Niall Stuart said: "The renewables industry is widely supported by the general public and is providing undoubted economic and environmental benefits to Scotland.
"As the video sets out, renewable energy is bringing investment and jobs to Scotland, helping to cut carbon emissions, and delivering funds to communities across the country - exactly what support for the sector is designed to achieve.
"The video is designed to inform the incredibly important debate about how Scotland meets its future energy needs and set out the benefits of the huge growth in renewable energy output in recent years."
According to the video, renewables support almost 12,000 full-time jobs across Scotland and more than £1bn was invested in Scotland by renewables companies in 2013 alone.
Almost half of Scotland's electricity demand is now met by renewables, with capacity doubling since 2007 and by 2020, Scotland aims to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. According to Scottish renewables, Scotland already boasts almost 6.6GW of renewable energy capacity with more than 14GW of further capacity under development.
The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow got underway yesterday. The event has received praise for its efforts to improve and promote sustainability, receiving a certificate for ISO20121 in June this year.
However, Glasgow has been criticised by some environmental campaigners for reneging on commitments to deliver a long-term sustainability legacy as well as failing to meet air quality targets.
This week, Edie reported on Glasgow's sustainability credentials with its 10 sustainability facts about the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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