UK government policies could “inhibit” Scotland from reaching its climate change target, Roseanna Cunningham has claimed. The Climate Change Secretary said Westminster has to take decisions in reserved areas to enable Scotland to hit its proposed target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. She criticised current UK government plans, including a VAT rise on some types of renewable energy, as discouraging people to do their bit to fight climate change. Giving evidence to Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Ms Cunningham said the UK government plans to increase VAT on renewable technologies including solar, wind, biomass and heat pumps from 5 per cent to 20 per cent on October 1. The cabinet secretary said she had written to UK Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry requesting an urgent meeting on climate change following the report, but has since sent a further letter, believing the response so far is inadequate. Ms Cunningham said the response did not answer “any of the questions in any meaningful way”. She added “A letter has gone back so that the points in the original letter are addressed which is to seek an urgent meeting and ways in which Westminster and Holyrood could work together on this and indeed that will include Cardiff as well as all of the targets within the UK are linked.
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