Scotland has some of the most stringent and challenging energy targets in the world to meet our climate-change targets.

Scotland accounts for around nine per cent of the UK's total energy consumption, but is rich in energy resources. Scotland accounts for nearly 60 per cent of total EU oil reserves, 25% of Europe's offshore wind resources and renewables are the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland—higher than both nuclear generation (33%) and fossil fuel generation (28%).

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Which vehicles cause the most pollution in Scotland?

This graph can be used as a discussion starter - Click on the graph to view a larger version.

Scottish renewable energy data

Scottish Energy Statistics - Click on the Scottish Renewables link to see compiled data about Scotland’s renewable energy sector to track the industry’s growing contribution to our energy needs, our economy and our environment.


Were there coal mines in your area in the past?

These Coal Mining maps from The Coal Mining History Resource Centre can help you find any coal mines in your area. (This is an archived website and is no longer maintained).

Natural heritage sensitivity to wind farms

View the zones of natural heritage sensitivity map layer on Scotland's environment map. This map provides an overview of the natural heritage sensitivity to wind farms. It identifies land with the greatest opportunity for wind farm development in natural heritage terms, and areas where natural heritage sensitivities indicate a medium or high level of constraint.

Renewable Energy Map

Explore the data on this Renewable Energy Map - showing renewable energy sites in the UK up to 2014.



Manage your energy with this Bulb app - Bulb use 100% green electricity and 10% green gas making energy simpler, cheaper, greener.

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JouleBug app is the easy way to make your everyday habits more sustainable, at home, work, and play. This app encourage you to save electricity, water, paper and more.

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BlaBlaCar app - a Carpool app that allows you to find a ride with a trusted driver or offer a ride in the empty seats of your car.

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Citizen Science Surveys

A Whole School Approach

A Whole School Approach - Involving the school community in reducing its carbon footprint. Surveys and checklists for your school included in the Appendix section of this PDF document from Green Suffolk.

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Fossil fuels

State of Scotland's Environment report - fossil fuels

This page was reviewed on 02 Sep 2020

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