Over a number of years Common Weal, the Energy Poverty Research initiative and the Built Environment Asset Management Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University, have developed a body of policy work on energy use and management and Common Weal has produced a range of other reports on issues relating directly to climate change. In this report the Common Weal Energy Working Group (with support from Douglas Chapman MP and his team) highlights 21 of the priority actions Scotland should be embarking on during 2021 if we are serious about making the transition to a zero-carbon future and averting catastrophic climate change. In producing this list we have focussed on energy, population and consumption as the three key drivers of climate change in Scotland and could have produced many more proposals than this. But these are some of the big landmark steps which Scotland could not only achieve now but, recognising our duty to lead, where we could set a precedent for others to follow. The 21 actions we are calling for are as follows: 1. Build a Green New Deal; 2. Start our own energy company; 3. Plan our energy future; 4. Build what we need in the right way – By establishing a National Infrastructure Company we can ensure that the infrastructure we need is built to the highest standard and owned by the public; 5. Leave no-one without a warm house; 6. Capture waste heat and use it; 7. Future-proof the electricity grid; 8. Fair connection charges for Scotland’s power; 9. End coal, end nuclear; 10. No new oil; 11. Train a renewables workforce; 12. Back a green hydrogen road-map; 13. Make energy efficiency meaningful; 14. Measure the whole-life energy of houses; 15. Energy-efficient appliances only; 16. Make localism work – Prioritising localism has enormous energy-saving benefits so make all neighbourhoods ‘20-minute neighbourhoods’; 17. Set a legal right to homeworking; 18. Fewer cruise ships; 19. Explore a flights quota; 20. Divest from fossil fuel; 21. Clean politics – End the influence fossil fuel lobbyists have over our politics by signing up to the Fossil Free Politics campaign.
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