Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that the SNP Government’s eco credentials are in tatters after repeated failures in their own efforts to tackle climate change.
Answers to parliamentary questions by Deputy First Minister John Swinney revealed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats today showed that the Scottish Government has barely made any green improvements to its own estate.
No attempt has been made to improve the Energy Performance Certificates of the 79 buildings on the Scottish Government estate. Only two sites have renewable energy sources, with solar heating panels installed at offices at Saughton House in Edinburgh and at Tweedbank.
The Scottish Government’s dismal performance follows news earlier this year that Scotland failed to meet its climate change targets for the third year running.
Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The SNP Government’s eco credentials are in tatters. After repeated failure to meet its own climate change targets, these figures show that the SNP ministers have all but given up and gone home when it comes to tackling climate change.
“At least if they went home they’d save energy. It is nothing short of appalling that in past three years not one single building on the Scottish Government’s 79-building estate has seen an improvement on its energy performance certificate. Only two buildings have renewable energy sources.
“This is a dismal record for a party that once claimed to advocate a greener Scotland. If we are serious about building a fairer society and supporting Scotland’s renewables sector, we need a government which will champion green innovation. This is further proof that the SNP in the Scottish Government spent so long campaigning for independence that they took their eye off the ball.”