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Greener budget needed as figures show Scottish Government weak on low carbon

Tue 21 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government is failing to heed expert advice to allocate 70 per cent of its capital spending to low-carbon infrastructure projects, analysis by the Scottish Green MSPs shows.

Harvie uses FMQs to urge industrial strategy that supports jobs such as those under threat at BiFab

Thu 16 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (16 Nov) used First Minister's Questions to urge a fresh industrial strategy that urgently supports jobs in renewable energy such as the 1,400 under threat at BiFab in Fife and the Western Isles.

Green MSPs met with BiFab workers at today's rally outside Parliament, while on Tuesday Mark Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, pressed the Economy Secretary on the issue.

Ruskell uses major European conference to challenge Scot Gov refusal to set up environmental court

Mon 6 Nov, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Nov) used a session at a major European conference to challenge the Scottish Government over its recent decision not to set up a specialist environmental court.

Speaking at the European Environmental Bureau conference in Edinburgh, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Greenhouse gas target claims questioned by Greens

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Government has been told that it must invest 70% of the infrastructure budget in low-carbon projects by the end of the parliamentary term if it is serious about lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a Green MSP has said.

We vote for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (24 Oct) voted, along with a majority at the Scottish Parliament, for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

A majority of MSPs voted in favour of a Green amendment which commits the government to include its intention to ban fracking in its Energy Strategy and in the next National Planning Framework.

Additionally, the Scottish Parliament has now asked for new licensing powers for onshore oil and gas to be transferred from Westminster.

Greens determined to see fracking ban strengthened

Tue 24 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs will today attempt to find agreement at Holyrood for a reinforced and lasting fracking ban in Scotland.

Following the Scottish Green Party’s autumn conference in Edinburgh at the weekend, where members voted unanimously for a permanent ban, Green MSPs will use the Scottish Government debate on unconventional oil and gas to find consensus on devolving licensing powers from Westminster and fully using planning powers that are already devolved. [1]

SYG Call for Stronger Ban on Fracking

Gillian Mackay Tue 24 Oct, 2017

Today (24th October) the Scottish Parliament will hopefully ban fracking. Scottish Greens have opposed fracking since the start.

The debate follows a Ministerial Statement made before recess committing the Scottish Government to indefinitely extend their current moratorium.

Greens rally to extend fracking ban

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Green Party members have voted unanimously for a permanent ban on fracking and appealed to the Scottish Government to include a statement to that effect in the country’s National Planning Framework.

During an impassioned speech, Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, said that party members could be proud of their partial victory in extending the pause and reminded delegates that Greens have “opposed fracking from the start” and will always do so.

The party is meeting at Edinburgh Napier University for its autumn conference.

A public health crisis on streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 20 Oct, 2017

I’m not prepared to put my family at risk on Scotland’s polluted streets. Scotland now has 38 air pollution hot spots where air pollution is at illegal levels. This is a public health crisis!

Air pollution is responsible for around 2500 deaths across the country every year and also adversely effects those with lung and cardiac issues.

The First Minister recently announced funding to tackle air pollution in Scotland’s four biggest cities, with Glasgow set to introduce the first Low Emission Zone next year.

I fear fracking ban is not yet watertight

Wed 11 Oct, 2017

Local communities will be celebrating the Scottish Government’s intention to ban fracking announced last week. The prospect of up to 600 wells being sunk in the wider Stirling area was a major threat to both our local environment and efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2014 my colleague Alison Johnstone MSP moved a motion to ban fracking at Holyrood. Only the Greens voted in favour but now all parties, except the Tories, back a ban. It’s been a long campaign, but the voice of communities has finally won through.