What actions are the SNP taking in Government to combat climate change?
Scotland has already succeeded in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49 per cent, compared to 1990 levels, and we’re determined to get to 100 per cent as soon as possible.
In fact, we’ve met our annual targets for three years in a row; we’re outperforming the UK as a whole; and in Western Europe only Sweden has achieved greater cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
We have now introduced a Climate Change Bill that will, if passed, set more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – aiming for net zero emissions as soon as possible.
To help meet this goal, the Scottish Government aim to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 – eight years ahead of the target set by the UK government. This will be delivered by electrifying the road network and doubling investment in walking and cycling to £80 million per year.
We will build on our work to create a cleaner, greener Scotland with new Low Emission Zones in our four biggest cities to improve quality of life and contribute to the international campaign to reverse global warming. The first Low Emissions Zone will be established in Glasgow by the end of next year.
The Scottish Government has also established a £60 million Innovation Fund to find new ways to deliver low carbon infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging or sustainable heating systems.
We have exceeded our existing target of producing 50 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2015. We will now go further. By 2030 we will aim for the equivalent of 50 per cent of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources.
The SNP Scottish Government has distributed £6 million to projects in Africa through the Climate Justice Fund, the first in the world when it was established five years ago, and we have now doubled the fund to £12 million. The Fund seeks to mitigate the damage caused by climate change on the world's poorest communities, which are often hit hardest by its impact. SNP MPs will continue to call on the UK government to match Scotland’s ambition by establishing a Climate Justice Fund.