SNP must walk the walk on climate change targets

Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised senior SNP Cabinet ministers for adding to their own climate change woes after official figures showed ministerial cars being used to shuttle ministers from Holyrood to their offices in St Andrews house. 

The details, published on the Scottish Government’s website without fanfare, showed that in one instance the soon to be First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, took a ministerial car from a TV studio in Glasgow to a TV studio next door.

The embarrassing revelations come only days after it was revealed that the SNP government missed its own climate change targets for the fourth year in a row. Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that the details should provide food for thought for SNP ministers ahead of an official statement on climate change to Holyrood on Tuesday.

Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Alison McInnes MSP said: “It is ridiculous that SNP ministers are adding to their own climate change woes by using ministerial cars for such short journeys. For four years running Scotland has missed its carbon emissions reductions targets. Meanwhile, SNP ministers are using ministerial cars for journeys where you’d often be quicker walking.

“For example, these government figures show that Nicola Sturgeon took a ministerial car from one TV studio in Glasgow to a TV studio which was next door to it. Many other SNP ministers used the cars as a lavish shuttle bus service from their offices in St Andrews House to the Scottish Parliament building only minutes away.

“While there may be occasions where this is needed ministers should make every effort to reduce these journeys where possible. The SNP Government needs to walk the walk on climate change if we are serious about meeting these important targets.

“In light of the frustrating news that Scotland has once again missed these important climate change targets, it seems the very least the minister could do next at his climate change statement next Tuesday is walk from his office to the parliament.”

Details of the journeys can be found here.

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