Tue 7 Jun, 2022

Commenting on the Scottish Greenhouse Gas Statistics 2020, Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“While it is pleasing to see Scotland meet our 2020 climate target, these figures obviously come with a significant caveat attached. For much of the year in question the pandemic ground society to a halt.

“In the coming years government must invest in transforming our energy supply, changing how we move about, including tackling aviation demand, supporting more people to work remotely, and climate proofing our homes and businesses if we are intent on meeting these targets on an annual basis.

“With Greens in government the priorities have already changed. We’re investing £1.8 billion in insulating homes and buildings, improving Scotland’s railway with a commitment to £5 billion investment over the life of this parliament, and funding more safe cycle infrastructure than ever before.

“We’ve made it easier for young people and families to use the bus by introducing free bus travel for everyone aged 21 and under.

“Our commitment to double Scotland’s onshore wind capacity and the ambitious ScotWind programme demonstrates a scale of ambition that uses our limited devolved powers to the max. And we know that with independence Scotland can go even further and lead Europe’s renewable energy revolution.”

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