Policies to reduce carbon emissions have been proposed as Scotland’s economy moves out of lockdown. The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG), made up of leaders from industry, charities and unions, has set out a range of policies and “strategies” it wants the Scottish Government to implement in order to reach net-zero carbon emissions. The CERG report says the Covid-19 pandemic has created a “massive opportunity to catapult and prioritise a just transition to a net-zero economy”, but cautioned it requires “significant public investment”. Proposals include schemes for “reskilling and retraining” people working in the oil and gas sector to become “frontline workers for the climate emergency”, as well as apprenticeships for young people in the renewable energy industry.
Energy Voice 13th July 2020 read more »
A GROUP of civic and business leaders have today set out an eight-point plan containing the practical solutions it says the Scottish Government should implement now in order to move the country towards a net-zero economy post Covid-19. The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG) says the key actions recommended in its report show how climate emergency can “be a thread” throughout the Government’s economic recovery plan. Organisations supporting CERG’s work include the Green Investment Bank, the National Farmers’ Union Scotland, Poverty Alliance, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Power, Scottish Renewables, the Scotch Whisky Association, the Woodland Trust Scotland and WWF Scotland.
The National 13th July 2020 read more »
A COALITION of experts has drawn up a blueprint for Scotland’s green economic recovery from Covid-19 and ambition to become a zero carbon country. They are calling for £150 billion of capital investment and urging ministers to scrap spending commitments to increase road capacity, while planting more trees and adapting agriculture and tourism industries to kickstart a sustainable jobs revolution.
Herald 13th July 2020 read more »