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Scotland will Reach 100% Renewable Energy Goal in 2020

...but will it be enough for Greta Thunberg?

Fossil fuels are one of the biggest contributors to climate change, and eliminating a country's dependence on fossil fuels can be a step in the right direction. But is it really enough?

Wind power is the biggest supplier of energy in Scotland but other sources of renewable energy are also used like solar, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, and hydrokinetic.

Scotland is on track to meet the 100% renewables-based energy mark, but they are not the first. Other countries like Paraguay, the Congo, and Iceland have already done so as their weather allows it.

While a huge step in the right direction, is it enough for Thunberg, who so passionately exclaimed during the annual WEF Davos meeting:

"Let’s be clear. We don’t need a low-carbon economy. We don’t need to lower emissions. Our emissions have to stop if we are to have a chance to stay below the 1.5 degrees target. And until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero — we need real zero."

Because distant net zero emission targets will mean absolutely nothing if we just continue to ignore the carbon dioxide budget — which applies for today, not distant future dates. If high emissions continue like now even for a few years, that remaining budget will soon be completely used up."

Perhaps a logical next step for the government would be in removing emissions from the heat and transportation industry. The government has promised to completely phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032. This would mean a massive expansion of the number of electric vehicles and charging stations.