Renewable energy on the National Forest Estate

The UK Government supports the use of renewable energy sources for generating electricity and heat as part of its strategy for improving sustainability and reducing the impact of climate change.

Here in Scotland, the Scottish Government has set a target to generate 100% of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

How are we involved?

To contribute to achieving the Scottish Government objective, we have a target to install 2GW of renewable energy capacity on the National Forest Estate by 2020 – primarily from wind and hydro power.

It's a challenging goal, but we are working towards it in partnership with a wide range of commercial organisations and community groups. Over 880MW of capacity has already been installed, and we are continuing to investigate potential for further renewable energy schemes.

Our aims are to develop and manage renewable energy schemes in ways that:

  • contribute to the Scottish Government’s renewable energy target;
  • secure benefits for local communities;
  • maximise financial returns from the estate;
  • achieve a reasonable and sustainable balance with our other objectives.

As well as supporting renewable electricity generation schemes, we also actively support the expanding wood fuel and bio-energy sector, and are working to increase the contribution and response of Scottish forestry to the challenges of climate change.

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