• Kirsten

Press Release: Net Zero Nation

Kirsten Oswald, Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire, has welcomed Scottish Government progress towards making Scotland a Net Zero Nation.


The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a ‘code red’ report describing the very real threat and heightened risk the climate emergency poses to the planet.


The SNP Scottish Government’s Programme for Government sets out actions to deliver the vision for a fairer, greener Scotland.


The Scottish Government has committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2045, with an ambitious interim 2030 target of a 75% reduction.


Scotland’s emissions are down by 51.5% since the 1990 baseline and Scotland continues to out-perform the UK in delivering long-term reductions.


In 2020, the equivalent of 96% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland came from renewable sources.


By the end of 2021, the Scottish Government will have allocated over £1bn since 2009 to tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.


Over the next five years, the Scottish Government will invest £1.8bn to decarbonise how we heat our homes and other buildings, reducing emissions while tackling fuel poverty, and creating good, green jobs.


Giving evidence in the Scottish Parliament in August 2021, Chair of the Climate Change Committee Lord Deben said: “I am particularly pleased with many of the steps which Scotland has taken because it has given me the opportunity of saying to other parts of the United Kingdom why they should do it as well as the Scots”


'As part of its independent annual report on Scotland’s progress in Autumn 2020, the Climate Change Committee said: “… the Scottish economy has decarbonised more quickly than the rest of the UK, and faster than any G20 economy since 2008. Emissions have fallen rapidly while the economy has grown.”


Kirsten said:


“Under the leadership of the SNP Scottish Government, Scotland is delivering lasting action to secure a net zero future in a way that is fair and just for everyone.”


“Scotland can rightly be proud of the action taken so far to respond to the climate crisis, and the Scottish Government’s plans provide a clear pathway to meeting emissions targets over the next ten years.”


“The Scottish Government has put people and the climate at the heart of its strategy, unlike the UK Government that is overseeing rocketing energy bills and simply dropped key climate pledges to clinch the UK-Australia trade deal.”