A sustainable legacy

Occasionally when you are out on the campaign trail, you find yourself in the sort of situation that makes you blink and wonder how you ended up here. This morning was one of those times.

Launching myself down a zip wire that passed between giant trees and over a lake is not how I usually spend my days during elections. But I had a great morning at Go Ape in the beautiful Glentress Forest with our fantastic South of Scotland candidate Jim Hume.

Is it a bird?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Willie Rennie taking on the zipwire at Go Ape Glentress Forest, Peebles this morning #SP16

Posted by Scottish Liberal Democrats on Monday, 4 April 2016

I was visiting the forest to highlight some of the steps that Lib Dems will take to ensure that future generations can enjoy Glentress too. Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world, but we have missed them every year since they were introduced. This needs to change.

Liberal Democrats will make improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes a national infrastructure project. We will create catch-up zones to tackle fuel poverty in remote and island areas which have fallen behind in getting homes insulated and warm.

We will also introduce new building standards for greater energy efficiency and restart the review of standards that was cancelled by the Scottish Government in September 2015.

This ambition will be incorporated into a Warm Homes Act, to secure the growth of district heating and renewable heat. It will be backed up by new resources for householders and business from our Fit For The Future investment plan which will be part of our fully costed manifesto.

We will also use new powers to shape the Energy Company Obligation to combine support from power companies and the Scottish Government to provide new, bigger warm home grants for homeowners and tenants.

We will also adopt the first ever industrial heat strategy which will promote combined heat and power, and back moves to boost low-carbon travel.

People might ask what this has to do with forests – but if we don’t start meeting our green targets there is no guarantee that our forests will be here forever. Lib Dems are determined that we will pass on a sustainable legacy to our children.

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