The Good Practice Wind Project is launched

The Good Practice Wind Project, looking to increase onshore and offshore wind development, has been launched.

The Scottish led EU partnership aims to help the EU achieve its 2020 carbon reduction targets by increasing consenting rates for on and offshore wind projects across Europe.

Also included in the group's remit is the consideration of environmental issues in future wind projects.

The partners come from eight countries within the EU including Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Malta and Italy.

Energy Minister Jim Mather said: "Europe has enormous onshore wind potential and while the sector is advancing well in many countries, most of the huge economic potential remains untapped."

"However international progress on renewables must be in harmony with environmental considerations. That's why the GP Wind project is such an important initiative, balancing our international vision for significant renewables investment with wider environmental objectives."

Further information:
Scottish Government