In the interception of this year’s UN Climate Conference, Scotland, as a model host, tends to likely meet its national target of 100 percent renewable electricity.
The southern city of Scotland, Glasgow was declared last September to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26). By the end of this year, Glasgow aims to secure 100% of its electricity consumption from renewable energy sources.
Their tendency is exactly what started with the closure of the last coal-fired power plant in 2016, which was the only remaining source of fossil fuel in the UK. The Peterhead power plant in Aberdeenshire has started using gas.
In recent years, Scotland has made great progress in terms of renewable energy, with a particular focus on wind farms.
In addition to these energy sources, technology is demanding the installation of the world’s first floating wind farm, the 30 MW Hywind project.
Electricity production figures in Scotland show that a new national record was reached last November. Production exceeded demand by 20 out of 30 days, accounting for 109 percent of electricity consumption.
According to statistics, Scotland’s largest source of renewable energy – Beatrice Offshore Wind Power – can produce energy for 450,000 homes, and now Seagreen Wind Farm is under construction, which will be larger and able to power one million homes.
According to the BBCI, unofficial 100%, renewable energy is hardly achievable, as the most recent official figure was 76.2%, based on 2018 data.
However, a recent report on Scottish renewables estimates that it will make its mark during the year, owing largely to ambitious and forward-thinking government policies.
In addition to the renewable energy target, the Scottish Government has also set a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045.
This example of Scotland will provide great inspiration for COP26, billed as one of the most important international climate conferences since 2015.
As mentioned in The Conversation, all countries, including Australia, should submit their new long-term climate goals as soon as possible.
It is expected that this meeting will connect the ends of COP25, with the aim of establishing rules for the carbon market between countries. The 2015 Paris Agreement is a key driver of international climate action.
The conference will be held immediately after the next US presidential election. Unfortunately, the results of the last election, when Donald Trump won in 2016, stunned delegates at the Marrakesh Conference, because he then announced that he would pull the US out of the Paris Treaty.