A crucial point has been reached for delivering a net zero economy and one that is fair and works for people across Scotland, the Just Transition Commission (JTC) has said.
On 30 July, the JTC published advice for how the Scottish government can ensure a “just green recovery”, following a request from Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham. In developing its thinking for what the government should prioritise as part of a green recovery, it identified a number of “hot spots” that merit particular attention: young people at risk, transport, the oil and gas sector, and the rural economy.
In light of coronavirus, it said there was now an opportunity to reset progress towards a net zero economy in a way that actively tackles inequality and promotes regional cohesion, setting out series of recommendations to achieve this.
It recommended boosting investment for warmer homes, which could include launching a non-domestic boiler scrappage scheme to help drive removal of higher emitting oil and gas boilers. It also called for manufacturing opportunities for zero emission heating solutions to be supported, while advising that jobs are both maintained and created for oil and gas workers, Scotland’s nature is supported to help rural economies, and that skills development – for both young and old – is aligned with the net zero transition.