McArthur: Transport and housing emissions need “much more attention”

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said the Scottish Government must urgently decarbonise transport and homes after new statistics showed their emissions rising, despite the overall emissions target being met.

In the year that Longannet coal power station closed, the energy sector accounted for the vast majority of progress towards meeting the annual target set in law in 2009.

However, emissions from other sectors increased from 2015-16, including residential emissions (up 3.3%), domestic transport  (1.6%) and international aviation and shipping (7%). Road transport was the largest single source of emissions in Scotland.

Mr McArthur commented:

“We have seen good progress on a number of fronts, but there is no escaping the fact that the emissions from some sectors are rising when they should be falling.

"Transport emissions have increased significantly, highlighting the folly of the SNP's support for slashing airline taxes and building a third runway at Heathrow. It is time to tackle the single biggest emitter, road transport, by steering drivers towards low emission vehicles, public transport and active travel.

"Scotland's homes must also be much warmer and more energy efficient. They should be built to withstand cold snaps, whereas at the moment each of these sparks a rush of emissions.

"There is no room for complacency. The sectors where emissions remain stubbornly high will require much more attention and resources."

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