McArthur - SNP cannot pass buck on green targets

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said that the Scottish Government cannot pass the buck on additional carbon emissions that would be caused by SNP plans for a tax cut for airlines.

Following a statement on Scotland’s carbon emission targets, Mr McArthur pressed the Cabinet Secretary on SNP proposals for a cut to Air Passenger Duty (APD) that experts say would increase aviation emissions by 60,000 tonnes.

In her response, the Cabinet Secretary said that increased emissions as a result of APD would not count towards Scotland’s targets due to the way that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme operates.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“The figures released today showed that emissions from aviation have more than doubled since 1990 and experts say that we could expect them to increase by 60,000 tonnes a year under the SNP’s APD plans.

“It is astonishing that the Cabinet Secretary tried to pass the buck by hiding behind the emissions trading scheme. She is effectively saying ‘we know that this would increase emissions but it is someone else’s problem’. This is hardly the mark of a responsible government or a comment that you would expect from someone concerned over the environment.”

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