Scotland's Economy

  • Paul Wheelhouse on Scotland’s energy sector

    11th December 2019 by

    This year was a significant one for Scotland’s energy sector, most notably with the Scottish Government declaring a climate emergency, and outlining our commitment to become a net-zero emissions economy and society by 2045. Our Programme for Government (PfG) outlined the key role renewable energy sources will play in reducing emissions and decarbonising Scotland’s transport…

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  • How can we improve our energy?

    28th April 2017 by

    How can we improve our energy? What difference will it make? This is my second blog in a series covering the draft Energy Strategy while it’s out to consultation, and today I’m looking at our current use of energy and how our planned changes might affect our day to day lives and how changes might…

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  • Girls into Energy

    10th April 2014 by

        I first wanted to become an engineer when I began the Skills for Work Energy course at Banff and Buchan College (now North East Scotland College) in 2011. I first heard about the course in my second year at Mintlaw Academy when I attended a presentation from a former “energy girl” who had…

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  • International oil and gas company set up new home in Scotland

    31st March 2014 by

    I was delighted to meet the bosses of Clough this week to announce a £1.5 million Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) investment and to hear more about the creation of 110 jobs in Glasgow. The Australian engineering and project service contractor’s move to Glasgow will allow them to provide their services to Europe, the Middle East…

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  • Savings and Stabilisation Funds for Scotland

    2nd October 2013 by

    Today the Fiscal Commission Working Group has published its Savings and Stabilisation report, a report I welcome in its recommendation to establish both a stabilisation fund and a savings fund in an independent Scotland. Their work highlights the significant opportunities that Scotland’s oil and gas wealth presents and answers the key questions that have been…

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  • Chemicals sector has the right formula to grow our economy

    30th May 2012 by

    Growing our economy and exporting more goods to the rest of the world is the key to Scotland’s future prosperity. Leading the charge is our whisky industry, which has already helped meet a 2017 target to increase exports six years earlier than planned.

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  • Scotland Week – Houston

    11th April 2012 by

    Scotland Week is a huge opportunity to promote our businesses in one of the world’s largest economies and that’s what I’ll be doing over the next week with the Chief Executive of SDI Anne MacColl – showing North America that Scotland is open for business.

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  • Budget debate

    28th March 2012 by

    The impact of last week’s UK Budget will be felt across Scottish business in the months and years to come. Today, the Scottish Parliament gets the chance to debate the measures, with a motion that “the Parliament is disappointed that the UK Chancellor’s budget is a missed opportunity…”

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