Holyrood’s environment committee has warned budget cuts in some policy areas could damage the Scottish government’s climate change ambitions. Despite an overall increase in spending, the committee said funding for key areas like mitigating agricultural emissions was falling. The Scottish government said funding for climate change measures was rising by 20% this year to £558m. But the committee questioned whether that figure gives a full picture. In a letter, it said spending on agriculture, the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is down 30%. Funding for peatland restoration, to lock in the carbon, is down 40%. The committee also raised concerns about how current funding from the EU will be replaced after Brexit.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also set out plans last year for a shift towards the use of electric cars in Scotland, with the creation of battery charging points for the vehicles across the country. But the report says it is “unclear” whether measures set out aimed at improving air quality are adequate. “The committee is concerned that Scotland may not be investing sufficiently in low carbon infrastructure and is concerned about the potential difficulties in meeting the current (and potentially extended future) climate change targets,”
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