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Scottish Government launches "green jobs blueprint"

The Scottish Government plans to create thousands of green energy jobs by 2020 including energy-from-waste jobs as part of its economic recovery programme.

There could be a total of 16,000 roles in energy-related opportunities in Scotland over the next decade.

The Scottish Government will take action to support and accelerate the implementation of renewable energy through the Renewable Energy Action Plan. A spokesman said that energy-from-waste features in this plan, including technologies such as anaerobic digestion.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: We are in the most difficult economic climate for a generation and need to pursue every possible opportunity we have to create wealth. Our central purpose, to increase sustainable economic growth, commits us to supporting an economy that respects our environment and natural resources.

The announcement comes after First Minister Alex Salmond officially marked the opening of the construction of Diageos [drinks company] first bioenergy plant in Scotland (28 January). Diageo will take waste products that are used to make whisky to power its distillery in Fife (see MRW story). The £65 million plant will help create up to 20 jobs.

Swinney said that the Government would work with a range of stakeholders, including academia and non governmental organisations, to deliver its plan to create green jobs.

He added: Over the coming months my Ministerial colleagues and I will be setting out further, detailed elements of our greener deal for Scotland.

The Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document 2008 cited potential for 160,000 UK renewable energy jobs by 2020. There are currently around 3,000 jobs in green energy Scotland.


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