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Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 14 December 2016.

    Holyrood

    We'll be back tomorrow morning with live coverage of the Social Security Committee from 09:30.

    In the afternoon, we will bring you full and extensive coverage of Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's draft budget for 2017-18. 

    Have a good night and we'll see you then. 

  2. Minister looks forward to working with all MSPs to achieve great things for the renewables sector in Scotland

    Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse says the government are working very hard on the draft energy strategy.

    Mr Wheelhouse says he accepts more needs to be done in transport to meet climate change targets beyond 2020.

    Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse
    Image caption: Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse

    The minister says the progress that has been made in recent years should be welcomed.

    He says it is clear the renewable energy industry, once considered niche, is now mainstream and is creating jobs.

    Mr Wheelhouse says the government are looking to work closely and collaboratively with WWF, RSPB and Friends of the Earth. 

    He says he looks forward to working with everyone in the chamber to achieve great things for the renewables sector in Scotland. 

  3. Orkney can lay claim to having the largest ownership of electric vehicles - Lib Dem MSP

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur begins by wishing Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani a happy birthday.

    Scottish Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur

    Mr McArthur says he has previously been "told off" on Twitter for not pointing out the job opportunities in renewables.

    The Lib Dem MSP says Orkney can lay claim to having the largest ownership of electric vehicles. 

  4. There is huge potential in the role of social enterprises

    Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell says the roll outs of embedded renewables in homes has been "phenomenal".

    Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell

    Mr Ruskell says there is huge potential in the role of social enterprises.

  5. Development of jobs is part of this transition as is fairness for communities - Labour MSP

    Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish

    Scottish Labour MSP Claudia Beamish says the development of jobs is part of this transition as is fairness for communities.

    Ms Beamish asks the minister what research the government undertakes of other countries' climate change projects.  

  6. Scotland punching above its weight - Tory MSP

    Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden

    Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden says climate change is the great challenge of our times and Scotland is punching above its weight an seeing some progress.

    Mr Golden says lets look to 2030 and put our words into action. 

  7. Background: RSPB Scotland

    RSPB Scotland website

    RSPB Scotland is a nature conservation charity which was formed in 1889. 

  8. Background: Friends of the Earth Scotland

    Friends of the Earth Scotland website

    Friends of the Earth Scotland is a environmental campaigning organisation.

  9. Here is the report SNP MSP Maree Todd speaks to in her motion...

    Report

    You can read The Energy of Scotland report here.

  10. The biggest threat to our wildlife today is climate change - SNP MSP

    SNP MSP Maree Todd says it is the first time she has opened a members' debate since she was elected. 

    Ms Todd says this subject is a priority for her and there are few nations that can claim to have embraced climate change targets with as much success.

    SNP MSP Maree Todd

    The SNP MSP says in the last decade the total output of renewable energy has doubled.

    Ms Todd says Scotland's assets need to be harnessed and large scale projects to contribute to climate change will bring jobs.

    She says the biggest threat to our wildlife today is climate change.

  11. Work required to support renewables in the heat and transport sectors

    SNP MSP Maree Todd uses her motion to highlight the recently-published report, The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030.

    The report was prepared by WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland and RSPB Scotland and is based on analysis by global technical consultancy, Ricardo Energy and Environment.

    Solar panels

    Ms Todd says its findings suggest that producing 50% of all of Scotland’s energy across heat, transport and electricity from renewables by 2030 is achievable and necessary.

    The SNP MSP says progress has been made in implementing renewables across the electricity sector.

    She says these generate the equivalent of more than half of the country's electricity demand and have brought economic benefits, especially in the Highlands and Islands.

    She says work now needs to be done to support renewables in the heat and transport sectors, which together account for more than three-quarters of Scotland’s total energy consumption.  

  12. SNP MSP Maree Todd will now speak to her motion

    Maree Todd motion