Tue 11 Jun, 2019

New figures released by the Scottish Government today show that Scotland failed to meet its Greenhouse gas emission targets in 2016 and 2017. 

The failure to meet this legislative target was driven largely by the emissions trading scheme, an arrangement whereby permits are issued to businesses and then traded, but they count towards Scotland’s target regardless. 

Scottish Greens Environment and Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“The Scottish Government often describes itself as a world leader in tackling climate change, yet these new figures reveal it has much work to do. A climate emergency has been declared and the First Minister has said that everything is up for review, but we need this review to be brought forward as soon as possible so that urgent action is taken to transition to a low carbon economy, particularly in transport, where emissions continue to increase. 

“Last week the Deputy First Minister implied that new road projects, which account for an enormous share of Scotland’s transport budget, wouldn’t be part of any policy review. These figures must act as a wake up call, business as usual is no longer acceptable. The Scottish Government needs to urgently accelerate investment in improved public transport and safer walking and cycling routes, to give people a real alternative to the car.” 

Get involved

More like this

Greens demand action after ‘deeply alarming’ species decline

Fri 26 Jun, 2020

The decline in Scotland’s nature has continued apace, according to a new report snuck out by the Scottish Government.

Scotland misses climate targets again

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Scottish Government has missed its climate emissions target for the second year in in a row, it has emerged.

Figures on greenhouse gas emissions for 2018 show that Scotland’s climate emissions increased and the target was missed by a significant margin, largely because of an increase in emissions from the power sector, where fossil fuel use increased by half. Emissions from homes increased by 3.4 per cent and transport remains the largest source of emissions.

First Minister must go further on transition funding

Fri 12 Jun, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement of a new £62m energy transition fund over the next 5 years, Scottish Greens Energy Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“I welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement that her government must drive investment in Scotland’s energy transition, but the funding announced today amounts to a drop in the ocean compared to what is ultimately required.