Communities that rely on fading industries must be supported now, the Scottish Greens have warned. The Interim Report of the Just Transition Commission has challenged the Scottish Government over the closure of the coal power station at Longannet, warning it had a negative impact on nearby communities. It calls for incorporating a Just Transition approach across all government decision making. Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “This report show what the Greens have been saying all along – that there is currently nothing ‘just’ about the way fading industries are wound down without a thought for workers and communities. You’d think after Ravenscraig and Silicone Glen Scotland would be better at this. “It is great news that Talgo are now set to provide low-carbon jobs in Fife, but the closure of Longannet was clumsy. The planning should have started much earlier. We can’t let the same mistakes be made for communities around other fossil fuel relics like Mossmorran. “No community should be left behind, which is why the Scottish Government needs to be more honest with them and start planning long-term futures now. The Scottish Greens would rebuild the public sector and invest in low carbon jobs now through a Scottish Green New Deal.”
Green MSPs 27th Feb 2020 read more »
Richard Hardy, Prospect National Secretary for Scotland and Just Transition Commissioner, responding to the Just Transition Commission’s interim report, said: “Prospect is very proud of the role it has played in today’s report which lays down a clear and developed challenge to the Scottish Government, industry and other stakeholders. Its call for more urgent action on policies, planning and investment is one that Prospect fully supports. Society faces no bigger challenge than the climate emergency. Prospect’s membership is uniquely placed both at the cutting edge of technological, scientific and engineering advancement, but also at risk from a poorly managed transition. We support the Scottish Government’s tough climate change targets however real action and delivery is required or targets will simply become windmills to tilt at. We will not deliver a transition to a net zero economy unless justice for workers and communities is delivered by those policies. In its report the Commission has clearly shown that the current manner of transition to a low carbon economy is far from just. In particular we have not taken advantage of opportunities to create significant numbers of new high-quality jobs in renewables. A more joined-up approach by government, industry and other stakeholders including trade unions is vital to the delivery of a just transition.”
Prospect 27th Feb 2020 read more »
Interim report of the Just Transition Commission, summarising emerging themes from their work, initial recommendations and plans for the year ahead.
Scottish Government 27th Feb 2020 read more »
Rioting similar to the yellow vest protests in France threatens to break out in Scotland if measures to cut emissions are not seen to be fair, ministers have been told. A group of environmental experts, industry bodies and trade unions set up by the Scottish government to advise on climate action said that there must be urgent consideration of the impact of green policies. The Just Transition Commission called in a report for clear plans for moving Scotland towards net-zero carbon emissions without disproportionately hitting people and communities. The commission warned that efforts to tackle climate change were “unlikely to be sustainable if it is not delivered in a way that is fair”. “If action taken to reduce emissions is unfair, or is perceived by the public as being unfair, then it risks the kind of backlash seen in France with the gilets jaunes protests,” the report said.
Times 28th Feb 2020 read more »
FRENCH-style, yellow-vest climate protests could happen in Scotland if moves to cut emissions are perceived as unfair, ministers have been warned. The Just Transition Commission, set up by the Scottish Government to advise on a net-zero economy that is fair for everyone, warned of the backlash if climate policy benefits were not shared equally, or their costs had a disproportionate effect on the country’s poorest people. Its interim report, published yesterday, called for “clear transition plans” about how Scotland moves towards net-zero, but warned: “If action taken to reduce emissions is unfair, or is perceived by the public as being unfair, then it risks the kind of backlash seen in France with the gilets jaunes protests.”
The National 28th Feb 2020 read more »