Scotland will soon need to take “leaps not strides” in order to reduce carbon emissions, according to Holyrood’s energy minister. Paul Wheelhouse called for “urgent action” in order to improve energy efficiency as he gave an update on Energy Efficient Scotland to almost 300 people as part of the final day of the virtual All-Energy conference. He also claimed the next decade will be vital if the Scottish Government is to hit its target of becoming net zero by 2045. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic still dominating the headlines, politicians and industry experts have used the conference to stress the need for continued focus on the energy transition.
Energy Voice 5th Nov 2020 read more »
Letter Colin Holden: I WAS concerned to read that Extinction Rebellion has resigned from the planning group of the new Citizens’ Climate Assembly in protest (“Why we’re walking away from Citizens’ Assembly on climate”, November 2). The National did well to publish the actual statement of the XR members who initially took part in the assembly’s Stewarding Group – I can totally understand why they wanted out. I would certainly agree civil servants “have a strong incentive not to rock the boat”, and that consequently some of the experts chosen to present to the Citizens’ Assembly may well have a perverse agenda. But I would also think there is an opportunity here for XR to take on any “experts” who may present evidence selectively. It’s not clear from the statement whether XR’s suggestions were simply outvoted, and if so, by whom (names, please). And if the framework for discussion is now seriously flawed, then the politicians who are overseeing all this must be called to account, so who are they? With strong parallels in the Covid crisis I share XR’s frustration at governments over their half-baked approach to the massive climate crisis now clearly foreseeable. So might we yet see some counteraction during the six weeks of the assembly? Will XR look to the assembly members themselves to join the dots, or will we see an independent and truly transparent assembly emerge?
The National 7th Nov 2020 read more »