The new SNP-Greens alliance in Scotland has been accused of trying to force motorists to ditch their cars with its plan to suspend road-building across the country. Patrick Harvie, the Greens’ co-leader, took credit yesterday for reversing the SNP’s decades-long championing of North Sea oil, and opponents have said that motorists are next in line for the new environmentally conscious power-sharing alliance. The draft of a shared policy programme agreed by the two parties on Friday said the SNP and Greens “agree that in the face of the climate emergency we need to shift away from spending money on new road projects that encourage more people to drive.”
Times 23rd Aug 2021 read more »
Iain Macwhirter: Scottish Greens are now SNP’s human shields and sold themselves cheaply in pretendy coalition. Beware nationalists bearing gifts. The Scottish Greens may live to regret their involvement with the SNP, the most ruthlessly centralist party in British politics. The SNP is a hydrocarbon party and Nicola Sturgeon gives nothing, but nothing away. Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater may think they have opt outs from the SNP’s less green policies on oil, economic growth, tax restraint and spending cuts, but they will soon find themselves held collectively responsible just by being there.
Herald 22nd Aug 2021 read more »
Solar Energy Scotland welcomes the inclusion of solar into the Scottish Governments and Scottish Green parties’ draft policy programme, as announced earlier today. The document outlines the joint commitment from both parties to confront some of the greatest challenges faced in Scotland to date, responding to the climate emergency, supporting economic recovery and strengthening a green and fair recovery from the global pandemic. Solar Energy UK Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “Scotland has a more ambitious target on net-zero than the rest of the UK, so we are looking forward to working closely with the new government to ensure solar energy can play a full part in the race to cut carbon emissions. The opportunities are huge, from a new generation of solar parks, to co-location with wind farms, large rooftop schemes and using onsite solar to decarbonise heat and transport.” Solar Energy Scotland Chair Thomas McMillan said: “The solar energy industry in Scotland welcomes the clear recognition in the cooperation agreement of the important role solar can play in Scotland’s drive to meet our 2030 climate obligations. As the cheapest, most readily deployable renewable technology, with substantial benefits for the economy and helping to tackle fuel poverty, it is time for the sector to be allowed to grow and flourish. Scotland’s solar opportunities could see deployment increase 15-fold by 2030, and this would deliver a solar sector in Scotland proportional to what is being achieved elsewhere in the UK.”
Building Design & Construction 23rd Aug 2021 read more »