Read Friends of the Earth Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's Low Emission Strategy. The Strategy aims to improve air quality in Scotland and will be finalised by the end of 2015.
Take our e-action making your own response to the consultation, at foes.do/LowEmissionStrat
Summary of our Consultation Response:
Since Grangemouth operator INEOS acquired its first shares in domestic shale gas licences last summer, it has made clear its intention to become the biggest player in the UK fracking industry. Talk of large sums of money to be invested in the emerging industry along with jobs and financial incentives for local communities might seem alluring in times of economic difficulty.
Shale gas and coalbed methane (CBM) are not the answer to Scotland’s or the UK’s energy challenges.
Fracking and drilling for unconventional gas has been linked to water contamination, air pollution, earth tremors, health problems and climate change – and crucially, aren’t likely to bring down energy prices, nor create sustainable jobs.
Our updated briefing on the various unconventional gas technologies currently threatening Scotland.
We document the huge risks from fracking and coalbed methane extraction, explain why they are unnecessary for Scotland's energy needs and talk about how you and your community can help to stop them.
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The Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, has provided us with a response to our e-action on including Underground Coal Gasification in the current moratorium on unconventional gas. We don't necessarily agree with him but it was nice of him to write.
While fracking continues to dominate the headlines, the extractive industries are pushing forward with yet another extreme and unproven fossil fuel extraction process known as underground coal gasification. Heralded by the industry as yet another way to provide ‘cleaner’ energy and provide energy security it is in reality a false solution that would continue to lock us into carbon-based energy sources.
2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December world leaders will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to conclude negotiations for a new global deal on climate change. So far, 20 years of international negotiations have failed to bring about an agreement in line with climate science or climate justice, but a fair and ambitious agreement has never been so desperately needed.
This report examines opportunities for a specialist environmental court or tribunal in Scotland, looking to other jursidiction for examples of good practice. The report also discusses changes to the current system required in order to comply with our international obligations under the Aarhus Convention.
Our Community Power campaign aims to mobilise people to develop their own renewable solutions to their energy needs.
This case study report shows the wonderful diversity of community energy projects across Scotland. It highlights the key challenges and the sometimes unexpected benefits of these schemes. It also includes some recommendations for policy and legislative changes that will enable Scottish communities to play a leading role in the transition to a clean, green, fair energy system.