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Independent Scotland may have seperate energy target

An independent Scotland would have a separate EU renewable energy target, says its government.

David Wilson, Scottish director for energy and climate change, said: “There would have to be some decomposition, if you like, of the U.K.’s target into a Scottish equivalent as Scotland would become part of the European Union.”

Mr Wilson believes the target would remain the same in total, however the split between the UK and Scotland would be open to discussion.

The U.K has to get 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 under European Union law.

Scotland has its own national targets including generating 100 per cent of its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020.

It also plans to achieve a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent cut by 2050.