Four Scottish Parliament committees have responded to the Scottish Government’s climate change plans, with concerns ranging from weak emissions targets in the transport sector to a lack of detail in how reductions can be made in agriculture. The draft climate change plan sets out the Government’s emission reduction strategy over the next 15 years, targeting a 66 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032. But with transport accounting for 28 per cent of harmful emissions, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee questioned why targets for the sector were weaker than in other areas. The Environment Committee report also calls on the Scottish Government to create a “Plan B” in case its assumptions on how carbon capture and storage could help emission reduction prove unrealistic, while recommending ministers provide more detail on emissions reductions across all sectors. Meanwhile the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee reported concerns that targets for a six per cent reduction in heat demand from Scotland’s homes by 2032 could be viewed as “business as usual”, with MSPs recommending that the Scottish Government considers more ambitious targets. The draft plans have come under fire from environmental groups including WWF Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland, which used submissions to the Environment Committee to question the ambition of proposals to reduce emissions in agriculture, while transport group Transform Scotland said the draft proposals for promoting walking, cycling and bus use were “weak”.
Holyrood 10th March 2017 read more »
The Scottish Government’s plan for tackling climate change and cutting emissions is “half baked” and requires “serious” changes to be made, Green MSP Patrick Harvie has said. With several Holyrood committees due to publish reports on the draft plan on Friday, the Green co-convener urged SNP ministers to do more to ensure it contains the “ambitious choices” that are needed.
Herald 10th March 2017 read more »