Ruskell slams SNP for “timid” decision not to set zero carbon target in new Climate Change Bill

Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (24 May) slammed the SNP Government for its “timid” decision not to set a target of zero carbon emissions in the new Climate Change Bill, warning that this failure will hamper the creation of green jobs, warm homes and efficient public transport.

The bill, published today, sets a target to reduce carbon emissions by 90 per cent by 2050, representing a slowdown in the current rate of action. Greens have previously called for a target of 100 per cent reduction by 2040 to keep pace, meet international climate science agreements and help drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“This is hugely disappointing and will shock the many thousands of Scots who fed into the government’s consultation, calling for a net-zero target. This timid decision shows how weak the SNP are on the climate crisis. They're making excuses but they should be seizing the opportunity.

“Science says we need strong action now. Other countries such as New Zealand, Iceland and Sweden have already set net-zero targets in their legislation, thanks to Greens in government. Scotland has a chance to drive up improvements in housing, jobs, transport and farming but it seems it’s going to take opposition parties and the wider climate movement to force the SNP to do the right thing.”


The new Climate Change Bill will set a target of a 90% reduction by 2050 (Scottish Government, 24 May 2018)

We challenge other parties to be bold on environment & say Climate Bill should include target of zero emissions by 2040 (Scottish Greens, 16 August 2017)