North-east renewable energy sector survey 2011
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ATOROUGH, P., 2013. North-east renewable energy sector survey 2011. Aberdeen: Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of this survey is to discover how businesses view renewable energy in the region, as well as the potential role that this region can play in delivering the targets and objectives of both the UK and Scottish governments toward renewable energy. The report assesses current profitability and performance on key indicators, concerns about future growth factors such as funding, skills and policy, and an overall estimation of optimism for the industry’s current and future growth. Our conclusion is that this region is well placed to drive growth of the renewable energy sector in the UK. The level of optimism and confidence within the sector can be described as better than good and certainly presents a strong case for the region’s aspirations to play a significant role in growing renewable energy both within the UK and in the European Economic Area. However, to maintain current impetus and achieve the potential growth, the region must work collectively toward this goal. The message is clear. Renewable energy is an important business and developmental opportunity. Building upon its oil and gas heritage, Aberdeen City and Shire is well placed to deliver this opportunity in the form of jobs, sustainable growth, and business profitability. This will not only benefit the region, but will also impact on the prospects of renewable energy for Scotland, the UK and indeed the rest of Europe.