McArthur: Climate change plan is not ambitious enough

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that the Scottish Government's climate change plan is not ambitious enough, as three parliamentary committee reports on the draft plan suggest further changes are needed.
The reports from the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee, Rural Economy and Connectivity committee, Local Government and Communities committee and Economy, Jobs and Fair Work committee lay out a number of recommendations for ways in which the bill can be improved.

Mr McArthur said:

"These committee reports warn that the Scottish government need to deliver significantly more detail on emissions reductions across all sectors. 

"From farmers and land managers to scientists, the parliamentary committees have heard from stakeholders across the country that this plan is not ambitious enough. These reports warn that from agriculture to transport, what we need are concrete proposals, measurable baselines and far-reaching targets to build a more sustainable future.

"In particular, far more needs to be done to ensure that Scotland is pushing forward on renewables and district heating projects, which are responsible for a significant percentage of the country's emissions yet have seen some of the slowest progress."

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