More than 100 new policies and proposals to support Scotland’s green recovery and help deliver a just transition to net zero have been launched. They form part of the Climate Change Plan 2018 – 2032, which has been updated to reflect the world’s most ambitious framework of climate targets as enshrined in Scotland’s Climate Change Act 2019. The Plan, which also increases the ambition of more than 40 other policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, includes: the launch of a £180 million Emerging Energy Technologies Fund (EETF), that, over the next 5 years, will support the development of Scottish hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industries, and support the development of Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) additional funding of £120 million for zero emission buses to accelerate the decarbonisation of Scotland’s bus fleet and support the Scottish supply chain. £50 million to support the creation of Active Freeways to provide sustainable transport links between our towns and cities; £50 million to transform vacant and derelict land, ensuring that this land is utilised for maximum environmental and community benefit. reducing the number of kilometres travelled by car by 20% by 2030 In line with the vision and priorities of our new National Transport Strategy, phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, in line with UK Committee on Climate Change advice plan to help create 1 million zero-emission homes by 2030 a Waste Routemap to 2030 and beyond, including consulting on a ban on all biodegradable non-municipal waste being sent to landfill, also in line with UK Committee on Climate Change advice nature-based solutions also form a key part of the updated Climate Change Plan. The Scottish Government recently announcing an additional £500 million of investment in our natural economy, with peatland restoration and woodland creation helping to enhance biodiversity and create good, green jobs whilst tackling climate change. To support the delivery of the updated Plan, a revised Draft Public Engagement Strategy has been published for consultation setting out how we will continue to engage, support and encourage climate action, together with a Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan to support reskilling and retraining skilled workers so that they can access new, good quality jobs that become available.
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Homeowners across Scotland could receive up to £13,500 cashback as part of a £4.5 million scheme aimed at helping people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes. The new Scottish Government cashback initiative will also help homeowners save money on their future energy bills. People will be able to apply for 75 per cent cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40 per cent cashback up to £6,000 for installing energy efficiency measures. The new initiative is in addition to the £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) which opened for applications earlier this month.
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THE SCOTTISH Government has been accused of failing to set out how it will deliver its climate crisis strategy – and has been criticised for focusing on “get out of jail free card” technologies. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has published the updated climate change plan which has been re-written after MSPs agreed targets to cut 66 per cent of carbon emissions of 1990 levels by 2030 should be beefed up to 75 per cent. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s climate campaigner, Jess Cowell, said: “While there are welcome policy improvements, unfortunately, there are very real doubts that this plan, as a whole, will actually deliver on these commitments and some sectors have been let off doing their fair share. Delivering on our climate commitments should be an opportunity to deliver huge improvements for people and the planet. “Towards the end of this decade, the plan relies heavily on illusory promises of carbon capture, hydrogen from gas and hare-brained schemes to burn trees for energy. There is a very real concern that negative emission technologies are being used as a ‘get out of jail free’ card by the Government to make their figures add up rather than doing the hard work of cutting emissions in the here and now. Fabrice Leveque, head of policy at WWF Scotland, said the plan “falls short of delivering some of the big decisions needed to truly respond to climate change as an emergency”. Opportunities to advance important policies in key emitting sectors have been missed. Detail on the actions required by the farming sector is lacking, and the earlier date of 2035 to bring all homes to a good standard of energy efficiency is still five years later than we need to help that industry grow today. This is not the pace of action required by the climate emergency. “While it is disappointing to see missed opportunities in this plan, the Scottish Parliament will scrutinise it in the new year, and we hope this will be an opportunity to push for further detail on some of these proposals.”
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The sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned in Scotland in less than 10 years, after ministers toughened their existing plans to combat climate change. The revised version of 2018’s climate change plan brings forward the ban from 2032 to 2030, alongside more than 100 other policies to help the nation meet its emissions reduction targets. They include a commitment to cut the total number of kilometres driven by Scots by 20 per cent within 10 years, partly by making it easier for people to walk and cycle instead.
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THE distance travelled in car journeys should be cut by a fifth by 2030 as part of a “world-leading” aspiration to tackle climate change, according to a wide-ranging plan from the Scottish Government. Ministers published a 255-page Climate Change Plan yesterday, setting out more details of how they aim to achieve targets set by an earlier programme in 2018.
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