Scotlands History

Green technologies and climate change

As the world faces the challenges of climate change, new green technologies and sustainable design are helping to reduce the impact of human activity on our world and build a sustainable future.

In Scotland, you can switch to a green energy tariff, micro-generate your own electricity, drive a hybrid car, ride a scooter powered by a lithium ion battery or simply walk or ride a bicycle. People are taking personal action to reduce their impact on Planet Earth.

On the community-owned Isle of Gigha, three 225kW wind turbines, known locally as ‘the dancing ladies’, are generating more than enough energy for the whole island. The islanders now sell the extra energy to the National Grid.

Hydroelectric dams, like the Pitlochry Hydro Power Station and the Cruachan Power Station, have been generating electricity in Scotland for decades.

Scotland is at the forefront of wave farm technology with the 160 metre Pelamis (Sea Snake) device at Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (Emec). The site will become the world's biggest wave energy farm with four floating generators converting wave movement into electricity.

These green technologies are part of a renewable energy revolution.
  • Photo of wind turbines at sunset

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