The Scottish government is to receive advice from energy companies on issues such as how to switch energy practices to reach its climate change targets.
Named the 2020 Group, the energy bosses will aim to help the government reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 per cent over the course of the next ten years and is being chaired by Ian Marchant, chief executive of Scottish and Southern Energy.
Scotland leads the UK in terms of renewable energy generation, but the Westminster government is representing the whole of the UK at the current Copenhagen climate change summit.
Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, said: "This new group brings together a wide range of expertise to examine in detail the actions needed across Scotland to meet our ambitious climate change targets."
The Scottish government has received criticism in recent months for refusing to consider nuclear redevelopment as a possible way of securing its energy future.
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