Friends of the Earth Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating
We research and campaign for actions that contribute to tackling the threat of climate change. Shifting our economy away from dependency on fossil fuels is critical in responding to the climate crisis and Friends of the Earth believe that this transformation is an opportunity to build a fairer, more equal and socially just Scotland.
Scotland’s councils continue to invest in the companies most responsible for climate change, holding a £1,683 million stake in fossil fuel companies through their pension funds.
This report by Common Weal, UNISON Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland details the investments of Scottish councils, comparing their investments in fossil fuels with renewable energy and social housing, and sets out which UK councils are leading on investing for the climate.
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.