From SNP Media:
A top UK climate expert has said he is ‘pleased’ with the progress Scotland is making on tackling climate change.
Lord Deben, chair of the Climate Change Committee and former UK Environment Secretary told Holyrood’s Net Zero committee that Scotland’s approach has allowed him to ‘say to other parts of the United Kingdom why don’t they do it as well as the Scots?’
Scotland has passed world-leading climate change legislation as part of our aim to become a net zero country by 2045 – something hailed by the UN as “an inspiring example of the level of ambition we need globally”.
Commenting, SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop, who is also Net Zero Committee deputy convener said:
“It was encouraging to hear Lord Deben praise the approach taken by the Scottish Government in achieving our net zero targets and that in Scotland we are able to set an example which climate experts such as Lord Deben can take to other parts of the UK.
“Scotland continues to lead the UK in producing clean energy from renewable sources, Scotland the produces the equivalent of 97% of electricity demand from renewables and produces a surplus to be exported elsewhere too.
“In Scotland we also continue to take the lead in other initiatives such as tree-planting and removing diesel vehicles from our roads.
“Although there has been significant progress made we still have a lot of hard work to come to ensure that we meet our ambitious net zero targets by 2045, but it is encouraging that Scotland is taking the lead in developing net zero solutions.”
The full session can be found here