ABERDEENSHIRE West MSP Dennis Robertson has welcomed the announcement that Scotland is ahead of target on renewable energy heat.
The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee’s new deputy convener was commenting on figures showing Scotland has surpassed its interim target of generating 3.5% of projected 2020 heat demand from renewable sources by 2011.
The MSP said it was a clear a demonstration of the further progress being made towards the country’s world-leading climate change targets.
New figures show that in 2011, 3.8% of projected 2020 heat demand was produced from renewable sources, up from 2.8% in 2010.
Ministers have also announced that it will fund £2.1 million in loans to a further 10 district heating projects, to secure further progress towards the 2020 target and alleviate fuel poverty.
Mr Robertson said: “These figures show Scotland has surpassed its target for renewable heat for 2011 and is something that should be welcome news to everyone.
“Heat from renewables is an important part of our work on reducing carbon emissions, but also a growing renewable heat sector is hugely important for addressing fuel poverty across Scotland, a priority in rural Aberdeenshire.
“I am sure that the additional funding that has also been announced will help ensure that we continue to make progress towards our 2020 targets.
“Scotland has some of the toughest carbon emission targets in the world and these figures are the latest demonstration of the strong progress the SNP Government is making towards meeting them.”