Scottish Liberal Democrats have today accused the Scottish Government of being full of hot air as reports in The Herald indicated that the government has rejected a number of recommendations from climate change advisers to reduce emissions.
The Climate Change Committee’s 2021 progress report which was published on 7th December 2020 recommends: “There should be no net expansion of airport capacity unless the sector is on track to sufficiently outperform its emissions trajectory and can accommodate the additional demand”.
It also called for the government to “Take steps to address price imbalances between aviation and surface transport, once aviation taxation is devolved to Scotland, encouraging the low carbon alternative (e.g. rail) for journeys where one exists”.
Both of these recommendations have now been rejected by the Scottish Government.
Net zero spokesperson Cllr Sanne Dijkstra-Downie said:
"Given how often Scotland's emissions targets have been missed, I don't think anyone expected any better from the SNP but it’s really disappointing to see the Scottish Greens go along with this.
"Not only is the SNP/Green Government doubling down on expanding aviation, they are not even prepared to use the powers at their disposal to incentivise rail use.
"When it comes to tackling climate change, this is a government that is full of hot air. Future generations will not thank them for their short-sightedness."