Scotland’s climate change targets need to be backed up by funding for environmental projects in the upcoming budget, according to the Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG). It has challenged the Scottish Government to put the climate emergency “at the heart of the Scottish budget” when it is delivered by the Finance Secretary. The environmental group, which is made up of business and charity leaders, has now released a report looking at ways public spending can support Scotland’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2045. Warning “rapid action” is required, the organisation has issued a 12-part action plan, based on Scotland spending between 1% and 2% of GDP towards hitting the emissions target. The figure comes from the Committee on Climate Change’s conclusion of how much the UK would need to invest each year to reach net-zero. When applied to Scottish spending, it would require an annual investment of between £1.8 billion and £3.6 billion. Among the proposed policies are the creation of an agricultural fund to support low-carbon farming techniques and calls for “zero-emission cities” – funding to support city centres to be vehicle-emission free by 2030 through investment in public transport, walking, cycling, and electric vehicles.
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Nicola Sturgeon has met Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and spoken to business leaders about climate change and maintaining links after Brexit. The First Minister addressed the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference in Oslo on a visit to Scotland’s sixth-largest trading partner.
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