The draft Climate Change Plan offers many encouraging glimpses of the healthier, fairer, greener Scotland we could be living in in 15 years’ time. However, as the reports of the four Committees that scrutinised the draft make clear, improvements in a number of areas are needed to make the Plan a truly credible routemap to that low-carbon Scotland.
Our response to Edinburgh Labour's Draft Manifesto, in which we:
- highlight the need for a stronger commitment on a Low Emission Zone for the city
- Congratulate the party's commitment to active travel investment
- Call for more ambition on supporting community power
- Ask the party to work with the Pensions Committee to divest Lothian Pension Fund from fossil fuels
- Ask the party to commit to opposing new fossil fuels including shale gas, oil, and coalbed methane
The Transport section of the Climate Change Plan is wholly inadequate, being based on predictions of traffic growth that will never materialise and proposing that little more than technological change will be needed to reduce emissions.
A new version of the Transport section should be produced:
Joint evidence with Just Transition Partnership on the Climate Change Plan to:
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee
Local Government and Communities Committee
Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee
Response to the UK Committee on Climate Change's consultation on the level and format of future climate targets for Scotland. Uses a Fair Shares approach to argue for a new target of more than 56% by 2020 and a target of zero emissions but 2040.
Summary - the Climate Change Plan is the product of a very large amount of work and contains many welcome measures, as well as painting an attractive vision of a future Scotland as a low-carbon country. However, delays caused by the use of the TIMES model and political trade-offs have led to a Plan which sometimes lacks detail, has had limited external input and is overly reliant on technological changes rather than more fundamental change. The monitoring framework is still being developed but there is insufficient information to interrogate Scotland's financial budget.
Read our Joint Statement calling for a Just Transition in Scotland with partners the Scottish Trade Union Congress, Communication Workers Union Scotland, Public and Commercial Services Union Scotland, Unite Scotland, Unison Scotland, University and College Union Scotland, and WWF Scotland.