Published date

June 2006

Energy Issues in Scotland

Energy is quite simply the single most important commodity for our survival. The provision of a sustainable, secure and safe supply of energy should thus be every nation’s highest priority. It is all too easy to lose sight of this priority in times of abundance. The future of that abundance is now in question and the impact of current demand is causing concerns about the consequences for our environment. Energy is an emotive subject and too important to become a party political issue. The wide-ranging report into Scotland’s Energy Supply makes 37 key recommendations and emphasises that diversity of energy sources will be crucial to security of supply.

The full inquiry can be accessed here: Energy Issues for Scotland


Professor Maxwell Irvine (Chairman), Professor of Physics, University of Manchester.

Professor Andrew Bain, Former Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Glasgow (until April 2006).

Professor Geoffrey Boulton, Vice-Principal and Regius Professor of Geology and Mineralogy,
University of Edinburgh.

Professor Roger Crofts (Secretary), Visiting Professor of Geoscience, University of Edinburgh, and former
CEO, Scottish Natural Heritage.

Professor Allan Findlay, Professor of Geography, University of Dundee (until January 2006).

Dr Robert Hawley, Former Chief Executive of British Energy, and Former Chairman, Particle Physics and
Astronomy Research Council.

Dr Malcolm Kennedy, Former Chairman of Merz and McLellan, and Chairman of National Energy Action.
Professor Andrew Miller (Vice-Chairman), Biophysicist. Secretary, Carnegie Trust for The Universities of
Scotland, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh until October 2005.

Professor Jeremy Peat, Former Group Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Scotland (Committee Member:
May-August 2005; Special Advisor from September 2005).

Professor Janet Sprent, Biologist, and Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Professor Joyce Tait, Director, ESRC Innogen Centre, University of Edinburgh (from April 2006).

Dr George Watkins, Former CEO, CONOCO UK, Former Chairman Grampian Enterprise.