Scottish MSPs have voted 113 to 0 to back the introduction of a new Climate Bill, committing the nation to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Ministers also agreed to an amendment, posted by the Labour party, to raise its interim target to 75% net emissions cut by 2030, against a 1990 baseline. The Scottish Greens had posted a motion to increase this target to 80% within the same timeframe, but this was heavily defeated by 92 votes to seven. A pledge to hold a “citizens’ assembly” on how to tackle climate change was also added to the Climate Bill.
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GLOBAL environmental leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York were told Scotland is setting the “gold standard” on climate action. SNP MEP Dr Aileen McLeod used the trip to outline Scotland’s “bold plans” and said there is an emerging recognition that other nations must follow its ambition and leadership. She spoke as one of the UN’s top diplomats on climate change hailed Scotland for leading the way with its new climate legislation.
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MSPs have backed plans for a Scottish National Investment Bank, which the economy secretary said has the potential to become “a cornerstone in Scotland’s economic architecture”. Legislation to create a national bank to invest in projects linked to the Government’s economic strategy has passed the first stage towards becoming law with cross-party support at Holyrood. Introducing the bill, economy secretary Derek Mackay explained the bank would make investments that “support sustainable and inclusive growth across Scotland” and be held to account by the Scottish Government. Predicting it would become “an institution that will be a cornerstone in Scotland’s economic architecture”, Mr Mackay said he wanted it to be “independent, but accountable and permanent, but adaptable”. Mr Mackay added: “It will also seek to make a sufficient return on its investments so that it can cover its operating costs and not be reliant for the long-term on the Scottish Government and Scottish taxpayer.” Criticising an economy “run in the interests of private capital and not for the people”, Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman said: “It’s been refreshing in recent years to see an increasingly positive case being made for an economy where the public interest is placed more at the heart of public policy.” Mr Wightman said the investment bank would be “central” to delivering the Green New Deal his party has devised in recent weeks. He said achieving net-zero emissions should be a goal specifically laid out in the Bill, as well as allowing local government to have an ownership stake in the bank and ensuring its missions are subject to parliamentary approval. Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said he also believed the bank should be used mainly to tackle climate change. He told the chamber: “The Programme for Government rightly set out tackling climate change as a key aim of the bank but that needs to be clearly set out in the legislation underpinning it. “As Friends of the Earth pointed out, the bill doesn’t mention climate change once. “The bank needs to focus, not just on fixing market failures, but creating and shaping new markets and tackling societal changes. “There is no bigger challenge than the climate emergency, and the bank needs to help drive the transition away from carbon industries.”
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