Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, today used Topical Questions at Holyrood to challenge Scottish ministers to deliver bold new policies to tackle the failure to meet climate change targets.
A civil service review of the targets, which have been failed for the past three years with the fourth result due next week, warns that the Scottish Government faces “international disrepute” if this continues and heavily implies that government officials have already given up on achieving the annual emission cuts.
It follows a warning earlier this year from the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that more action is needed on transport, renewable heat and energy efficiency.
Last year’s data showed that Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 400,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2012 when the target was for a 178,000 tonne drop. The next target requires a drop of almost 8 million tonnes.
Patrick Harvie MSP said:
“The public want a greener Scotland with sustainable transport, efficient housing and clean energy. Sadly, the current Scottish Government has paid lip service to our ambitious climate change targets.
“Today’s response from the environment secretary was more of the same, stressing how challenging the targets are. As we look set to fail our fourth target in a row, we need a transformational policy agenda at Holyrood. We cannot talk about possible action any longer; it’s time to start delivering.”