Author: Kitty Dutton

The angel’s share of climate responsibility

Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate targets in the world, with a legally-binding goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2045. This is particularly stringent as the government has stated it will not pay for carbon offsets to help attain it. Net-zero emissions are to be accomplished through reducing the combustion of fossil fuels and enhancing the quality of carbon sinks within Scotland. Achieving net-zero by 2045 requires concerted effort across every sector, including one of Scotland’s most iconic industries: the production of Scotch whisky.

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What feels off about carbon offsets?

Carbon offsets can take many forms. There are nature-based solutions, such as planting new trees, saving trees that would otherwise be cut down, and restoring soils, peatlands, and mangroves. There are energy-based solutions, either replacing fossil fuel generation with renewables or enhancing energy efficiency measures so less fuel is required. And there are pollution-prevention schemes, such as collection and combustion of methane (e.g. in anaerobic digesters), and destruction of industrial pollutants (e.g. HFCs and PFCs) at source.

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Woman Up

It is a well-known fact that the energy and engineering sectors are traditionally male-dominated spheres. Pretty much every stock photo of a sooty-faced miner, hard-hat bearing oil worker, or tanned solar panel fitter will be of a man.

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