Scottish Parliament backs plans to give Just Transition Commission a statutory footing. The Just Transition Commission will provide recommendations to government on how to achieve zero emissions while protecting jobs. The Scottish Parliament has agreed the new commission established to help move Scotland towards a zero-carbon economy should be independent from government and given a statutory footing, after MSPs backed an amendment from Scottish Labour. The new Just Transition Commission will provide recommendations to government on how to achieve zero emissions while protecting jobs, with MSPs then agreeing to back an amendment from Labour MSP Claudia calling for it to be “well-funded, independent of government and accountable to the Parliament”. But SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs voted down an amendment from Green MSP Mark Ruskell calling for faster roll-out of renewable energy and accelerated decommissioning of oil and gas projects. Claudia Beamish MSP said: “Workers in Scotland will be relieved by the Scottish Government’s decision to support Scottish Labour’s amendment calling for it to give consideration to a statutory Just Transition Commission. “The just transition principles are fundamental to the international and historic labour movement, and to Scotland’s future. The SNP Government must follow Scottish Labour’s lead in pairing climate change ambition with social and economic equity. “The short-termism of the Scottish Government’s initial design for a 2 year long Just Transition Commission showed a fundamental misunderstanding of the concerns of communities and those working in industries that need to adapt now and into the future.
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