McArthur - Lib Dems' green proposals hit the right note on Climate Day

As Scotland marks Climate Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur has said his party will beat Scotland’s climate change targets with bold and positive plans to make Scotland greener over the next five years.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats’ manifesto sets out detailed proposals for how the party would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, including:

- the creation of warmer homes and ending the high levels of fuel poverty still found
- supporting renewable heat and electricity generation
- an outright ban on fracking and open cast coal mining 
- taking the carbon out of transport, business and industry

Mr McArthur said: “Liberal Democrats see climate change as one of the greatest threats to the planet’s future but neither the Scottish nor the UK Governments seem to want to place the fight against it at the top of the agenda.

“Our main priority is improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes. Just some of the ways we’ll do that include introducing new building standards and creating catch-up zones so remote and island areas have the flexibility they need to tackle fuel poverty.

“We’re also focusing on boosting renewable heat and electricity generation in new and innovative ways. We will adopt the first ever industrial heat strategy and use geothermal heat from disused coalmines.

“Scotland has missed its climate change targets for the last four years. The Scottish Government cannot bury its head in the sand any longer. If we are to leave a sustainable legacy for our children we need to be much bolder in tackling climate change which is what Liberal Democrats are proposing to do.”

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