Fri 17 Jan, 2020

Stark is right to call Scotland’s targets cheap. They are cheap, when government refuses to take the level of action that is needed Mark Ruskell

Committee for Climate Change chief executive Chris Stark called Scotland’s net zero targets “cheap” in a radio interview this morning.

The top adviser said Scotland was not on track to meet the targets set out in the Climate Bill because not enough was being done by government to reduce emissions from transport and heating.

In November, Stark warned Scottish Government actions on agriculture were ‘half-baked’, but Fergus Ewing said he’d ‘take no lessons’. 

Responding, Scottish Green climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The Scottish Government needs to stop talking about ‘world-leading’ targets, start listening to its own advisers and take meaningful action. 

“Stark is right to call Scotland’s targets cheap. They are cheap, when government refuses to take the level of action that is needed, that’s why the Scottish Greens could not back the climate bill.

“If we get to the COP summit in Glasgow in October still pursuing the policies of endless fossil fuel and major road expansions, it will be an embarrassment. Another eight months of inaction will only make this crisis worse.”

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