Scottish government failing climate change targets, say critics

By staff writers
January 31, 2013

Scottish Greens have said the next generation is being left to compensate for the Scottish Government's failure to meet climate change targets.

Earlier this week the climate change minister published a revised Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP) after months of delay, but proved unable to outline specific measures that will be taken to make up for lost ground.

The first annual target under the Climate Change Act, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by just 0.06 per cent, was not met. Instead emissions went up by almost two per cent, making future years' targets tougher, say critics.

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, commented: "This is clearly a government in denial about the problem. It needs to start putting its money where its mouth is.

"By failing to say what they'll do now to get back on track they are dumping the problem at the door of the next generation.

"Ministers continue to pin hopes on unpopular ideas like electric vehicles and unproven technology like carbon capture. Their aim to only have just half of Scotland's bus fleet using hybrid technology by 2027 is a joke, and their attitude to properly insulating our housing stock remains unambitious."

The SNP government defended its programmes, said that it was listening to critics like Mr Harvie, and pledged to move ahead in a responsible way.

It is spending £1.14 billion over three years, although this is not new money and the level of spend is just one per cent of the annual Scottish budget.


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