McArthur: Climate Change Plan falls short


Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy Spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan has fallen short on the “detailed policies and ambition needed to meet the challenge of Climate Change.”

The Scottish Government published its plan yesterday ahead of a new Climate Bill expected before the before summer of 2018. Due to weather disruption, a Ministerial Statement on the plan excepted in Holyrood today has been postponed.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“The Scottish Government has failed to deliver a Climate Change Plan with the detailed policies and ambition needed to meet the challenge of Climate Change.

“Despite advice from stakeholders, parliamentary committees and experts, including the UK Committee on Climate Change, the plan falls short.

“In particular, it is desperately disappointing that plans to decarbonise the heat sector and tackle fuel poverty appear woefully inadequate. Meanwhile, although efforts to move away from the use of diesel and petrol vehicles are welcome they are coupled with an overall failure by Ministers to up their game on public transport.

“If Scotland is to continue being a world-leader in tackling climate change, the Scottish Government must do better. Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to pressure Ministers to act with more urgency and bring forward a Climate Change Bill that reflects the ambition Scotland needs.”


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