The judgement of Chris Stark, Chief Exec of the Climate Change Committee, on BBC Scotland climate change special tonight.
Why was there no representation at all from the SNP/Greens Scottish Government at all throughout this hour long show? There was plenty time for tangential reports from Germany and South Africa unrelated to the above stated intention for the programme.
We did get evidence from Orkney and a trip to Montrose Bay to hear that there was no plan to save the golf course – I won’t sleep.
Stark mentions in passing renewable energy production but only in passing. It’s not followed up and no numbers are offered.
If they’d asked the First Minister, she could have told them:
Scottish Government figures for 2020 show 97% of electricity in Scotland is produced from renewables. When compared with the latest data from Eurostat for 2019, it takes Scotland into the top three of nations in Europe producing clean electricity.
In 2019, only Norway and Iceland produced more electricity from renewables than Scotland. Other nations behind Scotland in the table include Sweden, Denmark and Germany. It also puts Scotland way ahead of the UK as a whole which produces just 35% of electricity from renewables.
That’s impact isn’t it?
They could have interviewed Lord Deben, chair of the Climate Change Committee and former UK Environment Secretary. He 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”.
And tree planting, did the trips to South Africa and Germany squeeze out that? Have we planted a lot of trees? Well only 272 million in the last 20 years and 84% of all the new planting in the UK in 2019.
That’s impact too?
Ant-Irish hate crime in Scotland? More anti-Scottish.