Belfast Telegraph

Challenge over renewable energy targets

By Linda Stewart

Northern Ireland has been challenged to up its game after Scotland increased its target for energy from renewables to 80% by 2020.

The new target was announced last week by First Minister Alex Salmond.

In March, the Welsh Assembly pledged to increase its share from renewables to 200% by 2020, saying “Our aim will be to renewably generate up to twice as much electricity annually by 2025 as we use today.”

The World Wildlife Fund has now laid down the gauntlet, calling on Northern Ireland to take up the opportunities offered by renewable energy.

Malachy Campbell, climate change policy officer for WWF Northern Ireland, said: “This new target for Scotland and the similarly ambitious target for the Welsh Assembly Government earlier this year show the huge potential for renewables to clean up our energy supply.

“This Scottish target highlights how far behind Northern Ireland is in moving to a more sustainable, more energy independent, low carbon future.”

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