A ban on fossil fuel vehicles in city centres by 2030 should be one of the Scottish government’s key policies, according to a group of civic leaders. The Climate Emergency Response Group has set out a 12-point-plan of measures it wants the government to consider. It includes calls for four new Green City Region Deals and a £100m fund for modernising agriculture. Ministers have said the climate emergency will be at the heart of next month’s programme for government. The group behind the environmental action plan is made up of 19 organisations including WWF Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust, Scottish Land and Estates and the University of Edinburgh. Its report also says public guidance should be produced on sustainable, climate friendly and healthy diets. And it calls for a public-interest company to be created by the Scottish government to invest in and support carbon capture and storage infrastructure. Using a similar model to Network Rail, it would allow the government to take a longer term view than a privately financed model. The report’s authors insist all 12 suggestions could be implemented within the next year.
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Business leaders and environmentalists have created a 12 point plan of steps it says the Scottish Government should take to tackle climate change. The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG) said action was needed to ensure temperatures did not rise 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, with experts warning there were just 12 years left to avoid breaching that. The 12 proposals also include the creation of a £100 million Agricultural Modernisation fund and accelerating Scotland’s energy efficiency retrofit scheme. Teresa Bray, chief executive of Changeworks, said: “Scotland has a proud record of leading the way. We did so in the industrial revolution, now it is time for us to do so in the face of a climate emergency.
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The steps proposed by the group include signalling that every one of Scotland’s city centres will be vehicle emission-free by 2030 and enhancing building standards to deliver zero-carbon homes and buildings. It also suggested producing advice for the public on sustainable, climate-friendly, healthy diets and mobilising the £11 billion of annual public procurement to “support the product and service innovation the climate emergency response needs”.
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The other organisations supporting CERG are Climate-KIC, Confor, Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm, Jacobs, Locogen, NHS National Services Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Land & Estates, Sustainable Scotland Network, Star Renewable Energy, Sunamp Heat Batteries, Sustrans, University of Edinburgh, Vegware, WWF Scotland and 2050 Climate Group.
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Elizabeth Leighton – project manager at the Climate Emergency Response Group – Time to turn commitment on climate change into concrete policies. An emergency requires an emergency response. Scotland was the first nation in the world to declare that the climate crisis has reached such a point that it now represents an emergency of planetary scale. The show of leadership was followed by countries, cities and organisations across the world making similar declarations. Scotland should also now lead in its response to the climate emergency. With most buildings in Scotland still heated by fossil fuels and many of them leaky and inefficient, changing how we heat our homes is a key next step for Scotland’s journey to net-zero climate emissions. A heat pump sector deal should be created to accelerate the adoption of electric heating from modern, efficient heat pumps and to maximise the opportunities for economic growth found in manufacture and installation. Between now and 2045 we need to retrofit the vast majority of our existing buildings to make them zero-carbon. This means accelerating the Scottish Government’s energy efficiency programme, using regulation and public funding to improve our leaky and draughty buildings. Unbelievably, we are adding to this retrofit task every year, by putting up new buildings that are not zero-carbon, despite the technology being available and the costs being marginal. From now on, Scottish building standards should ensure that all new homes are zero-carbon rated, and that buildings undergoing any major refurbishment have their carbon emissions improved. A new set of Green City Region Deals can fund the infrastructure that will enable the transformation of our cities, increasing productivity, making them healthier, more attractive and more liveable. Signalling that Scotland’s city centres will be vehicle-emission free by 2030 will drive the market for zero-emission vehicles, while also supporting public transport, walking and cycling.
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