Tue 21 Dec, 2021

The cooperation deal that put Greens in government has shown a “change of priorities” for Scotland, which is “already having an important impact”, the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change has said.

Giving evidence to MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee, Chris Stark said the ministerial briefs given to Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater “is a reflection of the change in priorities” for government.

He said: “It’s really good that these ministerial portfolios are in place, and it is very clear from my perspective that that is already having an important impact. It’s probably most obvious in the housing space and the transport space. We’ve got these big packages of spending now to decarbonise buildings in Scotland and big packages of spending and priority being given to things like active travel.”

He said the focus on a just transition was “commendable”, claiming Scotland was now leading on this agenda, but added that more needed to be done to tackle emissions from aviation, industry and agriculture.

Commenting, Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The recognition that having Greens in government has already had an impact is most welcome, but Chris Stark is right that we need to turn funding and priorities into action.

“The importance of a Just Transition cannot be understated, and the Climate Change Committee is clear Scotland is doing more in this space than other parts of the UK. Instead of scaring communities about this, the Scottish Conservatives should put pressure on the UK Government to follow Scotland’s lead and invest in the alternatives to oil and gas.”

Get involved

More like this

Greens welcome real protection for Clyde cod

Thu 13 Jan, 2022

Scottish Greens have welcomed the removal of exemptions for dredging and trawling in the Firth of Clyde which would have threatened Cod spawning grounds.

For years these exemptions have allowed bottom-trawling and scallop dredging to continue uninterrupted during the closed period designed to allow fish stocks to recover, in stark contrast to other seasonal protections for cod spawning grounds. These exemptions have now been removed.

Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

Greens: Workers key to Hunterston transition

Fri 7 Jan, 2022

Workers are key to a just transition at the Hunterston nuclear plant, which retires today, according to the Scottish Greens.

The nuclear sector has used the occasion to call for more subsidies, despite the UK Government already subsidising the sector and proposing to charge bill payers upfront to pay for nuclear power stations that haven’t even been built yet, like at Hinkley Point.

Two and a half year wait for autism assessments in Fife

Wed 29 Dec, 2021

Young people in Fife are being forced to wait an average of two and a half years for an autism assessment, Scottish Greens Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has revealed.

The average waiting time was confirmed in a letter from Fife Health and Social Care Partnership to Mr Ruskell. The local health and social care partnership also confirmed that 1085 young people in Fife were waiting for an assessment at the beginning of December.

Commenting, Mark Ruskell MSP said: