Scottish government asked for assurances on climate justice fund

By agency reporter
1 Mar 2012

Scottish Government ministers have been asked for assurances that their Climate Justice Fund will be ‘new money’.

A Scottish Green Party amendment to the 1 March 2012 debate on climate justice in the Scottish Parliament was also accepted by the government.

The amendment called for the creation of a Scotland-wide climate adaptation fund and the development of a system of consumption-based reporting targets.

Climate change minister Stewart Stevenson was pressed by Patrick Harvie MSP to say whether work on calculating Scotland's carbon consumption would result in annual reporting, but the minister declined to commit to that.

Mr Harvie said: "All too often government choices benefit those able to consume as much energy, food and fuel as they like. The less well off are a lower priority."

"We need more details of the Climate Justice Fund. It must be additional to what the UK and Scottish governments are currently doing on international development," he added.

"The fund must be informed by equalities and human rights, and if added to by the private sector must not be seen as an excuse for them to take less action to reduce their emissions," said Mr Harvie.

* Details of the motion and amendments can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/BusinessBulletin...

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