The Scottish Government has launched a new initiative geared at boosting the climate ambition of state and regional governments around the world. The Net Zero Futures project, which is being run by the Climate Group and is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will provide a forum where state and regional governments can come together to discuss climate successes and challenges, according to the non-profit. It will also encourage subnational governments from around the world to establish credible net zero targets and join the UN’s Race to Zero campaign through campaign partner Under2Coalition.
Business Green 17th June 2021 read more »
Leaders of the SNP are facing a rebellion among ministers and backbenchers over a planned deal to bring the “dangerous” Scottish Greens into government. Last month Nicola Sturgeon announced the prospect of a “co-operation agreement” with Green MSPs, which could mean senior figures such as Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, the party’s co-leaders, taking up ministerial posts. The decision to open talks has upset some senior Nationalists, particularly in the northeast, who fear that Green policies such as phasing out North Sea oil and gas risk weakening the SNP’s fragile grip in the area. The Conservatives have threatened to usurp the SNP in areas that it had traditionally counted as strongholds in recent elections by winning seats in fishing and farming communities. Some voters outside the central belt are concerned that they are being left behind by an increased focus on larger towns and cities. Talks are expected to continue over the summer, with the SNP keen to have the Greens on board not only to provide a more stable base for the government but also to burnish its environmental credentials before the Cop26 climate change conference in November in Glasgow. Yesterday Harvie criticised Sturgeon for “failing to live up to the rhetoric” on environmental issues after it emerged that Scotland had missed its climate change targets for the third year.
Times 18th June 2021 read more »
A COALITION deal between the Greens and the SNP could be in jeopardy after an MSP tried to influence the talks before they had even begun. Ross Greer, MSP for West Scotland, has been attempting to direct Green party members to support key priorities such as transport and housing in a bid to get an agreement with the nationalists.
Herald 18th June 2021 read more »
THE SCOTTISH Government has been accused of “failing to live up to the rhetoric” of world-leading climate change aims after being unable to meet annual emissions targets for the third year in a row. Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that a joint effort is needed to “go further and faster” to get things back on track.
Herald 17th June 2021 read more »
Scotland’s island communities to benefit from funding for green projects. Businesses and community groups in the Scottish islands are being invited to come forward with innovative and “shovel-ready” plans that will boost their local economies and tackle climate change.
Scotsman 17th June 2021 read more »