Thu 16 Dec, 2021

While the Tories have nothing but shameful scare stories for workers, Greens in government are getting on with the task of delivering a Just Transition Ariane Burgess

Sustainable and quality jobs will be created as part of a Just Transition away from oil and gas, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Minister’s Questions, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands raised the recent news of a renewables hub at Nigg and the proposed Islands Centre for Net Zero centre on Orkney.

Along with plans to expand Scotland’s renewable energy and restore nature, there are plans to create thousands of new jobs in sustainable alternatives to oil and gas, despite recent scaremongering.

Speaking afterwards, Ariane Burgess MSP said: “The pausing of Cambo shows that the need for secure and sustainable jobs in our Highland and Island communities is greater than ever.

“While the Tories have nothing but shameful scare stories for workers, Greens in government are getting on with the task of delivering a Just Transition. We are committed to Green jobs funding for Moray and the North East and are expanding Scotland’s capacity to produce renewable energy.

“Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s offshore renewable potential, which is why I was delighted to see the potential for 400 renewables jobs at Nigg and that the Islands Centre for Net-Zero, based in Orkney, has been included as a national development in the new draft National Planning Framework.

“While the Tories are stuck in the past, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Scotland’s future lies in leading Europe’s drive to clean energy as an independent nation.”

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