Public Must be at Forefront of Decisions Over Gas Development in Scotland

The RSE has published a wide-ranging report into options for Scotland’s gas future, calling for the public to be given a genuine opportunity to influence the decision-making process and be provided with meaningful information. The report follows a Scottish Government announcement in January of a temporary moratorium on unconventional gas development, including the use of fracking, to allow for a national debate.

Lead author and RSE Fellow Professor Rebecca Lunn said, “It is imperative that we consider the wider issue of how Scotland, as part of the UK, will meet demand for the gas required to heat homes and supply industry over the coming decades. We should not let the debate focus narrowly on unconventional gas or hydraulic fracturing. There are no easy solutions when it comes to supplying our energy needs; local impacts must be weighed up against issues of energy security, carbon emissions and social justice.”

The report highlights the importance of considering unconventional gas development in Scotland within the context of the UK’s need for gas to heat homes and for use in industry. The paper sets out the advantages and risks associated with the two options available to Scotland: importing gas or producing it domestically on- or offshore.

Read the full press release here: Public Must be at Forefront of Decisions Over Gas Development in Scotland