Mon 20 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Government must act with urgency on the recommendations of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland, the Scottish Greens have said.

Commenting on the report, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The commission seems to be willing to challenge the big differences between the Scottish Government’s rhetoric and action on the climate emergency. These include low carbon heating for our homes and buildings, and transport where emissions are rising and the active travel target has been missed by a mile.

“There is no time for the Scottish Government to dither on this, as the decisions made in the next 12 months will shape Scotland’s direction for the next decade. That is why the Scottish Government’s budget this year should be a climate emergency budget, prioritising low-carbon infrastructure, not a weak placeholder voted through by the Tories.”

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