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SNP must step up efforts to meet climate change targets

June 10, 2014 4:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to beefAlison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP up their key plan to tackle climate change after it was revealed today that climate change targets were missed for the third year in a row.

Figures released today showed that emissions were estimated to be above the target of 53.226 Mt. The Scottish Government has faced repeated calls to step up its efforts to increase low carbon transport and to reduce carbon emissions in the housing sector.

Commenting on today's figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes MSP said:

"It seems SNP ministers still fail to understand that people will judge them on what they do, not what they say. There is no use in applauding world-leading targets if those world-leading targets are not being met. It was disappointing that these figures were met with more presentation instead of substance from the SNP.

"The Scottish Government needs to beef up its key plan to tackle climate change. The second Report on Policies and Proposals still lacks the ambition needed to build a fairer society with increased low carbon transport and reduced emissions from the housing sector. It would be unacceptable if the new ministerial taskforce amounted to nothing more than a ministerial talking shop.

"It's time SNP ministers listened and delivered the ambitious policies needed to meet our ambitious climate change targets."