Stop Climate Chaos Scotland reacts to the new Programme for Government
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has outlined the new Programme for Government for 2021-22.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) ‒ a coalition of over 60 organisations from across Scottish society campaigning together on climate change ‒ welcomed the following announcements and looks forward to seeing them delivered.
- Invest £1.8bn for decarbonisation of domestic heating.
- Commitment to spend £320m on cycling and active travel by 2024/25, bringing spending to 10% of the transport budget.
- Everyone under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel.
- Commitment to implement the recommendations of the Just Transition Commission, to build a net zero economy that is fair for all, and in the coming year start to publish Just Transition plans for every sector and region.
- Double the Climate Justice Fund to £6 million per year, providing £24 million across this Parliament.
SCCS wants to see demonstrable actions from the Scottish Government to deliver these, and the other steps necessary, to meet our targets for both emission reduction and climate justice around the world.
Some of the key measures announced indicate progress on issues that we have been campaigning about, but this must be accompanied by further steps:
However, there are areas not included in the Programme for Government where more action is needed, for example on marine carbon.
We are in a climate emergency, and urgent action is needed, now, to reduce emissions.
More details of how and when the various actions and commitments will be delivered are urgently needed.
We expectantly await an updated Climate Change Plan, and look forward to seeing more detail on this during the first half of the Parliamentary session.
Notes to Editors
The Programme for Government is published every year at the beginning of September and sets out the actions that the Scottish Government will take in the coming year and beyond. It includes the legislative programme for the next parliamentary year to drive forward change across all levels of society.
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About Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse coalition of over 60 organisations campaigning together on climate change.
We believe that the Scottish Government should take bold action to tackle climate change, with Scotland delivering our fair share of action in response to the Paris Agreement and supporting climate justice around the world.
Our coalition members range from environment, faith and development organisations to trade and student unions and community groups.
Our work is led by our members and is normally focussed on lobbying decision makers in Scotland, but we also work on UK-wide campaigns when appropriate with our sister organisations in England (The Climate Coalition) and Wales (Stop Climate Chaos Cymru).