NICOLA Sturgeon has told world leaders at the climate summit in Poland that they have to be ambitious in their goals for tackling climate change as she highlighted Scotland’s place as a leader in the field. The First Minister was speaking during a session at COP24 in Katowice, when she said climate change was accelerating and they had to accelerate the “pace and scale” of their actions to combat it. “The first strategy that we all must adopt is to be ambitious in the goals that we set to tackle climate change,” she said. “Scotland is seeking to lead by example in what we are doing. We’ve already almost halved our emissions based on 1990 levels but we are in the process of legislating to increase our ambitions to keep pace with the Paris commitments. “We aim to be a carbon neutral country by 2050, we aim to be net zero of all greenhouse gas emissions as soon as we possibly can achieve that and we will achieve that by taking action across a range of sectors. “We have already substantially decarbonised our electricity supply, we aim to meet at least half of all of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. “We have set ambitious targets around electric vehicles and we want to be a country that is reaping the economic benefits of being an early adopter and being in the lead on tackling climate change.” Sturgeon went on to highlight the economic advantage for countries that become “early adopters and innovators”. With a population of five million, Scotland had a “significant” low carbon and renewable economy, with 50,000 jobs. “It has a turnover of £11 billion, so it is significant and growing. By being a leader, for example in wind energy and tidal energy, we’ve created jobs and research opportunities and economic opportunities. “As a country that has for the last four decades and more produced oil and gas we’re also demonstrating how we can transfer the knowledge and the skills and the employment opportunities from that sector into renewable energy.” The FM went on to outline how the proposed Just Transition Commission would work by demonstrating that there was nothing to fear with a low carbon economy.
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Nicola Sturgeon has announced extra funding of £200,000 to tackle climate change as she heads to Poland for a global summit. The 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) is taking place in Katowice until December 14. The First Minister said the money will support the work of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, which promotes collaboration between governments, businesses and investors to lower emissions.
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Iain Macwhirter: The ‘left behinds’ are throwing a spanner in UN’s Climate Change works: Think of all those new-build suburban estates, all boxy houses and cul de sacs, built around the private car. Precious few of Scotland’s villages and towns have rail links, and buses are now as scarce as policemen on the beat. Electric cars are expensive, there’s still only a handful of charging points and, anyway, environmentalists claim they’re not much better for the planet than petrol ones. If we’re serious about climate change, there needs to be a comprehensive electric public transport system, based on computerised through-ticketing. This is much more difficult, and expensive, than flying to conferences exchanging optimistic targets. The Gilet Jaunes aren’t petrol-head fascists; they’re the canary in the COP24 coal mine. Political legitimacy, not climate change denial, is arguably the biggest obstacle to meeting the Paris climate targets. Faced with further mayhem, Mr Macron has frozen the fuel-tax increase. He says he can’t allow the country to be divided. But it is. If the UK and Scottish governments don’t put their money where their mouths are, our homegrown British “left behinds” could soon make the 2000 fuel protests look like a Sunday outing.
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