Scotland targets climate in Programme for Government

The Scottish government has set out its next steps for tackling climate change in its Programme for Government 2019-20.

Outlined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 3 September, the programme will introduce 14 bills that aim to promote fairness and wellbeing in Scotland’s communities; set out the way future referendums will be run; and address the global climate emergency. This includes a Green New Deal, one that will harness the power of the Scottish National Investment Bank and create a £3bn package of investments to attract green finance to Scotland; plans to develop regulations so that new homes from 2024 must use renewable or low-carbon heat; and a target of at least £30mn support for renewable heat projects.

Scotland will also aim to make the Highlands and Islands the world’s first net zero emission aviation region by 2040 while plans to decarbonise the country’s railways by 2035 will be outlined in early 2020.

Sturgeon said: “Earlier this year, I acknowledged that Scotland – like the rest of the world – faces a climate emergency. We are now committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest – earlier than any other UK nation. This year’s Programme for Government is an important part of our response to the climate emergency, containing measures which will reduce emissions while supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.”

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