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Shifting our economy away from dependency on fossil fuels is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a fairer and more equal Scotland.
The Scottish Government has set demanding climate and renewable energy targets, but plans to deliver on them are not transformative. Much of our progress in reducing emissions has been as a result of de-industrialisation, and policies to deliver the zero-carbon economy have failed to create new manufacturing jobs in Scotland. Meanwhile, job losses as a result of low oil prices are hurting the communities in the North East. If the transition to a low carbon economy is left to market forces, we risk a repeat of the devastating social dislocation and high unemployment experienced as a result of de-industrialisation and coal mine closures. That’s why we are working with partners in the trade unions on industrial policies that can create a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Scotland.
The Scottish Government and the UK Parliament have declared a climate emergency. But real climate leadership means making difficult decisions now. It means saying no to new oil and gas in the North Sea, cancelling the current and future licensing rounds.
It also means massively expanding renewable energy, creating decent jobs, and protecting the rights and livelihoods of workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries.
Our major new report has revealed UK’s oil and gas drilling plans, and Scottish Government’s support for them, are incompatible with responding to the climate emergency.
The research also shows that, with the right policies and support, clean industries could create more than three jobs for every oil and gas job at risk.
The Scottish Government are creating a major new public bank: the Scottish National Investment Bank. If given the right mandate and leadership this new Bank could make the critical difference in funding a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in Scotland.
With our partners – Scottish Trade Union Congress, Communication Workers Union Scotland, Public and Commercial Services Union Scotland, Unite Scotland, Unison Scotland, University and College Union Scotland, WWF Scotland – we have prepared a Joint Statement calling for a Just Transition in Scotland. The Joint Statement voices our shared concern that plans to tackle climate change have been too slow and not ambitious enough, and presses the Scottish Government for bold measures, particularly in the Climate Plan, the new Energy Strategy and the new Climate Bill. The Joint Statement is open to unions and civil society organisations to sign up and support.
In 2017 the Scottish Government is producing its third Climate Change Plan – a report detailing how it plans to deliver emissions reductions between 2017-2023. With the Just Transition Partnership we submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament scrutinising the Government’s plans. Our asks included that the Climate Plan to be used as the foundation of an industrial plan and the setting up a Just Transition Commission to oversee and take forward the transformation to a low-carbon economy.Read our joint evidence to the Scottish Parliament here
With your help, we can push the Scottish Government to end its support for new oil and gas.
Along with our allies, we can urge politicians to build a clean energy jobs revolution, bringing workers and communities with us as we tackle the climate crisis. Can you chip in today to help this work?