SCOTLAND’S CLIMATE ASSEMBLY REPORT CALLS FOR “MUCH MORE AND MUCH FASTER” PROGRAM OF ACTION TO TACKLE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
The full report of Scotland’s Climate Assembly was laid in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday and will be formally handed over to party leaders at Holyrood today. It sets out 81 recommendations agreed by an overwhelming consensus of members for tackling the climate emergency in a fair and effective way.
These recommendations cover a broad range of issues including domestic heating, emissions, environmental impact in public procurement, land use and agriculture, taxation, transport (including air travel) and the economy.
Among the proposals put forward are plans for a National Nature Service aimed at creating jobs in rewilding and environmental protection, enhanced training and opportunities in green jobs, a program of public education on climate issues, and a single “oyster card” for Scotland that would help integrate the country’s transport system.
Another recommendation is to retrofit all existing homes by 2030, with all new buildings to be required to meet highly energy efficient Passivhaus standards.
In their Statement of Ambition, Assembly members address the whole of Scottish society, including government, businesses, communities and individuals. It gives a detailed overview of the changes members say are now essential.