Scotland should consider new nuclear power stations، investing in hydrogen and installing many more windfarms to meet its climate goals، an expert inquiry has concluded، as the Guardian said.
The inquiry by the Royal Society of Edinburgh، Scotland’s national academy، said a massive increase in low-carbon electricity production would be needed in order to reach the country’s new goal of net zero emissions by 2045.
Prof Becky Lunn، a civil engineer who is deputy chair of the inquiry، said electricity production may need to increase fourfold to decarbonise the transport system and heating، with major implications for ministers and the public.
“We have got difficult decisions to make and if we delay we will end up importing by default، which is not a place where in future I think we would wish to be،” she said. “We need to change. At the moment we have a totally unsustainable system.”
Alongside a substantial increase in electricity production، Scotland would need: