Natural resources – A1 upright poster

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Scotland, with 8.4% of the UK’s population, possesses:

  • Between 34% of the UK’s natural wealth (money generated from natural assets)
  • 32% of the UK’s landmass and 62% of its offshore maritime area
  • 69% of the UK’s fish landings
  • 25% of the UK’s renewable energy generation and 85% of its hydropower
  • 25% of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal power and 10% of Europe’s wave power potential
  • 82% of the UK’s oil and gas
  • 90% of the UK’s total fresh water
  • 50% of the world’s installed tidal capacity is in Scottish waters
  • 61% of UK timber production
  • Scotland has the most educated people in Europe – 50.4% of those aged 25 to 64 have university, college or vocational qualifications, which is 9% higher than UK overall and 19% above the EU average
  • Scotland will be the most advanced and naturally wealthy nation to ever become independent

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