In government the SNP has made substantial progress in making Scotland cleaner and greener. This week that work continued. Here’s some good news from this week that you might have missed.
Underground coal gasification blocked
The Scottish Government announced underground coal gasification – or ‘UCG’ – will have no place in Scotland’s energy mix. This follows the findings of an independent report, carried out for the Scottish Government, showing that UCG poses numerous and serious environmental risks.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 6, 2016
Helping developing countries tackle climate change
Nicola Sturgeon spoke at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, to a gathering of about 2,000 delegates from 50 countries around the world. As part of the address Nicola announced £1 million to support developing countries to address the challenges of climate change.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 7, 2016
New funding to make things last
Today, less than half of household waste goes to landfill, but there’s more to be done. This week Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced £2.5 million in funding for projects that boost recycling and tackle climate change.
— Zero Waste Scotland (@ZeroWasteScot) October 6, 2016
EU funding for new green spaces in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas
This week the Scottish Government announced £8.25 million in EU funding to support projects like new nature reserves and green spaces in urban areas. The Green Infrastructure Fund is yet another example of the many benefits of EU membership.
Experts meet to discuss the impact of the EU referendum
This week a panel of experts also met to discuss the impacts of Brexit on climate change and the environment. The group will provide advice to the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe.
New funding to make Scotland’s buses greener
Since its introduction, the Scottish Green Bus Fund has helped operators buy 269 low carbon emission buses. New funding, of around £2 million, will see 46 new low emission buses added to Scotland’s bus fleet.