The Scottish Conservatives are to commit themselves to a greener agenda as they seek to bolster their position as the nation’s official opposition, arguing that natural resources cannot be consumed at the current “unsustainable” rate. In a new policy paper being published this week, the party will set out initiatives aimed at protecting the environment and tackling climate change. The policies include a target, to be met by 2035, of 75% of waste being recycled through a simple collection system and a call for 10% of all the Scottish government’s capital budget to be spent on energy-efficiency measures, to ensure all homes are energy efficient by 2030. The party also wants to see 37,000 acres of quality woodland planted each year, a steep increase on 18,800 acres planted in 2014/15. Party leader Ruth Davidson and environment spokesman Maurice Golden will launch the new paper in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
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