Speaking today in a parliamentary debate on Scotland’s energy future, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur highlighted the islands’ track record in leading innovation and the role it could play in the transition to net zero emissions.
Mr McArthur used the example of the ReFLEX and SMILE projects to show how an integrated approach to energy, transport and heat might deliver affordable locally generated energy and to help decarbonise the islands by 2030.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“Good news seems thin on the ground at the moment, so it was nice to have an opportunity to highlight some of the innovative work being done in Orkney to build towards a sustainable future.
“While the pandemic continues to cost jobs across our economy, we need to look to rebuild in ways that address the ongoing climate emergency. In that regard, Orkney is well-placed, given our track record in renewables as well as in finding solutions to the problems we face.
“The ReFLEX project is a good example, and clearly impressed members of the parliament’s Economy and Energy Committee. It provides a good illustration of what could be achieved by taking an integrated approach to energy, transport and heat and gives us reasons to be confident about what could be achieved, not just in Orkney but across the country.
“Islanders are up for meeting the challenge and playing our part. It is crucial though that the UK and Scottish Governments play their part too, by providing the necessary support and regulatory environment to take advantage of the opportunities that exist.”