Scotland must continue to lead the world on climate change

Nicola Sturgeon has set out her ambition to keep Scotland at the very forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change, unveiling a raft of policies designed to propel Scotland toward becoming a net zero society.

In Government, the SNP has introduced the most ambitious legal framework for emissions reduction in the world, with a target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030, on the way to being a net zero nation by 2045 – 5 years ahead of the UK.

If re-elected, an SNP Scottish Government would ramp up efforts to meet these targets, with these key pledges:

  • A transport revolution – a target to reduce the use of cars, measured as ‘car kilometres’, by 20% by 2030, alongside a £500m investment to improve bus infrastructure and tackle congestion, a £120m investment in Zero Emission Buses, and work to decarbonise our railways by 2035.
  • Decarbonise the heating of 1 million homes by 2030, and ensure all new homes delivered by registered social landlords and local authorities will be zero emission homes by 2026.
  • Develop the enormous potential of Scotland’s hydrogen sector – including a target of 5GW hydrogen production capacity by 2030 and exploring the use of hydrogen trains as an alternative to diesel and electrification.
  • Increase our targets for new woodland creation by 50%, from 12,000 hectares, up to 18,000 hectares by 2025.
  • Invest £250m to support the restoration of 250,000 hectares of Scottish peatland by 2030.
  • Double our world-leading Climate Justice Fund to £24m over four years.

The pandemic has shown that, when we need to, society is able to come together to take radical action for the common good – as we head into the recovery from COVID, the SNP will keep that spirit alive to build a sustainable recovery.

By giving both votes to the SNP on May 6th, the people of Scotland can elect a government which is absolutely committed to tackling the climate emergency – and ensuring that the recovery from COVID is a sustainable one which will benefit future generations.

The eyes of the world will be on Scotland later this year as Glasgow hosts the COP26 summit, so we must seize the moment and show leadership in helping bring about real global change.
SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon at Queensferry Crossing