McArthur: Progress needed on reducing transport emissions

Responding to the publication of the official Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions statistics, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented: 

“It is welcomes news that Scotland hit the latest annual emissions reduction target, with significant progress in the energy supply sector. However, compare that to the progress made in areas such as transport and these statistics tell a different tale. 

“For the first time ever, transport is now the largest polluter. Progress in the transport sector since 1990 has barely left first base and emissions actually increased in the last year.

“For years there has been insufficient action from SNP ministers to transform our transport system, boost active travel and attract people onto public transport. 

“The Scottish Government’s Draft Climate Change Plan lacks real ambition to reduce demand and encourage the shift towards low carbon transport. If the First Minister’s visit to the ground-breaking Tesla Motors in California was anything more than another photo-op, then the government will need to show that they are serious about making our transport system cleaner and greener.”

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