Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has said that the Scottish Government must demonstrate its commitment to reducing emissions by dropping plans for a £250 million tax cut for the aviation industry and committing to an early target for government and public bodies to phase out their polluting vehicles.
The Scottish government announced today that it will legislate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045 after receiving fresh advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change.
Mr McArthur said:
“Last week, the First Minister told Willie Rennie she wouldn’t drop her plans for a £250 million tax cut for the aviation industry, instead boasting that the government would just measure the extra emissions instead.
“This morning, the Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee has said it “would help immensely with the emissions challenge there is in Scotland” if the government didn’t choose to cut tax to boost flights and called on Scottish ministers to invest far more heavily in electrical vehicle infrastructure.
“The First Minister should accept this advice, scrap the aviation tax and use the money instead to deliver on an early target for government and public bodies to phase out their polluting vehicles.”