Just Transition Commission: A National Mission for a fairer, greener Scotland. The Just Transition Commission started work in early 2019, with a remit to provide practical and affordable recommendations to Scottish Ministers. This report sets out their view of the key opportunities and challenges for Scotland and recommends practical steps to achieving a just transition.
Scottish Government 23rd March 2021 read more »
Climate change: Scotland must make the eradication of fossil fuel use a priority in radical plan to tackle this emergency – Scotland’s Climate Assembly. We, the members of Scotland’s Climate Assembly in our report to Parliament, present a call to action to the nation for change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way. We believe that urgent cultural change is needed across society – from governments, businesses, communities and individuals. As a nation we have the opportunity to be pioneers, by taking immediate action to empower our next generations to lead sustainable lives by setting up the framework now. We will need to be ambitious, united and driven to succeed in fulfilling Scotland’s potential to reduce carbon emissions. As a society we will need to change and adapt to meet the challenges, and recognise that there will be costs. But failure to act now will mean greater expense, and more difficult changes in the future, in order to avoid catastrophic costs to the planet. We believe there is a fundamental need to focus the country’s collective mindset on the climate emergency and the requirement for immediate action. Climate change affects every one of us, and no one should evade responsibility. The entire population of Scotland has the right to accurate, up-to-date and accessible information to develop a clear understanding of the reality of the climate emergency. Good quality information and knowledge about the urgency required, and things that need to be done, will empower people to take action themselves and drive collective and systemic action across Scottish society. Decisive leadership and strong, impartial, cross-party collaboration and accountability is required urgently. Scotland needs to invest in the development of sustainable, future-proofed infrastructure across the country – including integrated private and public transport systems, high-speed broadband and the electricity network – if we are to achieve our decarbonisation goals. We believe Scotland has the opportunity to be a world leader in a second green industrial revolution, and we should lead by example – investing substantially in research, development and the early adoption of existing and innovative green technologies, for example energy storage and carbon sequestration methods.
Scotsman 23rd March 2021 read more »
Scotland’s Climate Assembly meets for the final time this weekend. The Assembly will close with messages of thanks from all the leaders of parties represented at Holyrood, who will address the Assembly by video. The Assembly will publish an interim report this coming Wednesday, setting out 16 goals agreed by an overwhelming consensus of members. These goals cover a broad range of issues including domestic heating, emissions, land use, taxation and the economy. The full report with detailed recommendations will be published in May following the election of a new Scottish Parliament.
Scotland’s Climate Assembly 19th March 2021 read more »