The Scottish government yesterday published its annual programme for government, placing a raft of green economy measures at the heart of Holyrood’s agenda for the next 12 months. Writing in the foreword to the document, SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed that the Scottish government would “continue to take world-leading action on climate change and reduce the burden of plastics in our seas”. It said more than £1bn a year would be invested in public transport with a particular focus on new low carbon innovations. “In particular, we will promote the shift to more active travel for the benefit of our environment and our health, and support innovation in the transport sector,” the strategy declared. “We will increasingly focus our investment on low carbon solutions, in pursuit of the ambition we set out last year to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.” Specifically it promised to create at least 20 “electric towns” across Scotland by 2025; install 1,500 new electric vehicle (EV) charge points in homes, businesses and communities, including 150 new public charge points; provide £20m of funding to help motorists and businesses switch to EVs; add more than 500 new ultra low emission vehicles to public sector fleets; and add over 100 green buses to the fleet through the £1.7m Green Bus Fund.
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