Nicola Sturgeon slammed by Neil Oliver over calls for Indyref2
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Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, said earlier this year that “COP26 in Glasgow will be a make it or break it occasion” for the planet. It comes after Scotland passed legislation in 2019 to become a Net-Zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK. But Ms Sturgeon has been hit with a huge list that needs addressing following the UN’s Independent Panel on Climate Change report.
In their new paper “21 For 21,” Scottish think tank Common Weal, in collaboration with Dr Keith Baker from Glasgow Caledonian University, have outlined 21 actions that Scotland should take now.
It is endorsed by the IPCC, including Professor Bill McGuire from UCL, who described it as a “brilliant and imaginative initiative”.
It has been dubbed as a “vital political, social and economic call to arms, where Scots can become both stakeholders and guardians of our abundant resources through proposals such as a National Energy Company and a Scottish Energy Development Agency”.
It deals with fuel poverty and it recognises the potential of “the Scottish workforce and the importance of nurturing and developing talent and innovation to build a green new deal and a fairer economy that works for everyone”.
Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, said: “21 For 21 is a rallying cry to a country rich in renewable and economic possibilities.
“The science is clear. In 2021 a sustainable and resilient Scotland has never been more important – for our planet and for our people. Only through courageous and comprehensive action can we reach this goal.”
Scotland has received huge praise already for making leaps in the fight against climate change.
In March, Scotland narrowly missed a target to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of its electricity demand from renewables in 2020.
New figures reveal it reached 97.4% from renewable sources.
This target was set in 2011, when renewable technologies generated just 37% of national demand.
Industry body Scottish Renewables said output had tripled in the last 10 years, with enough power for the equivalent of seven million households.
Chief executive Claire Mack, said: “Scotland’s climate change targets have been a tremendous motivator to the industry to increase deployment of renewable energy sources.
“Renewable energy projects are displacing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon every year, employing the equivalent of 17,700 people and bringing enormous socio-economic benefits to communities.”
Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate targets in the world, with its Climate Change Bill setting out a legally binding target of reaching Net-Zero emissions by 2045.
By 2030, ministers want renewable energy generation to account for 50 percent of energy demand across electricity, heat and transport.
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