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First Minister Alex Salmond

Date
02 May 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond is the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party. In 2007, he made political history after becoming the first nationalist to be elected First Minister of Scotland. He attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrew's University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.

First Minister Salmond addressed The Climate Group's 10th anniversary event on April 28th 2014 and used his speech to detail the progress on climate change that Scotland has made to date, citing their greenhouse gas emissions cut of over 25% since the 1990 reference period.  He also noted that Scotland now generates 46% of their equivalent electricity demand from renewable energy and has a world leading target of a 42% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. 

The Scottish National Party leader, emphasized: "These targets aren’t just good for the environment. They’re good for the economy. They provide certainty for business and investors. They have contributed to Scotland becoming a hub for low carbon innovation."

His full speech can be viewed below.

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