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February

2020

Climate Transport

Scottish Budget announcement a strong step towards changing transport

Responding to details of the budget agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens, Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Air Pollution Campaigner Gavin Thomson said: “Scotland badly needs a shake-up in our transport system and, from the announcements so far, this budget agreement appears to represent a strong step in the right

26

February

2020

Air Pollution Climate Transport

Transport statistics show political capitulation to cars

Official statistics released today demonstrate how cars continue to dominate our transport system, while bus usage continues to decline sharply. Campaigners say that the figures, released just ahead of the Scottish Parliament Budget debate, shows the need for a radical change in transport funding priorities. Friends of the Ea

18

February

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Dundee’s anti-pollution zone with car parking spaces is ‘absurd’

Campaigners have poured scorn on Dundee City Council’s plans to create a Low Emission Zone with massive exemptions for 3 car parks in the city centre. These car parks have spaces for over 1800 vehicles. The Council consulted on a series of options - each of which also failed to include one of the country’s most polluted stre

06

February

2020

Climate Transport

Scottish Budget: Timid tinkering fails to deliver a Climate Emergency response

The Scottish Government’s climate emergency budget fails to deliver the action needed to bring down emissions, say environmental campaigners. With road transport as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland say the proposed Budget includes next-to-nothing to transform the transport syst

05

February

2020

Climate Transport

‘Reckless’ road spending plans must be redirected in climate emergency

Ahead of the Scottish Budget, Friends of the Earth Scotland are calling for a transformation in Scottish Government spending priorities to tackle the climate emergency. Campaigners highlighted the dualling of the A9 and A96, which have cost billions so far and must be stopped and the savings diverted to fund sustainable transpor

24

January

2020

Divestment

Welsh Assembly to Divest Pension Fund from fossil fuels

The Welsh Assembly Member Pension Scheme have committed to divesting their from fossil fuels. The Pension Board have agreed to move £6 million to a sustainable return fund and reduce the Scheme’s investments in the oil and gas sector to zero over five years. The move increases pressure on MSPs at Holyrood to bring their

23

January

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Welcome for Glasgow 20mph safety limits

Reacting to the announcement that Glasgow will adopt 20mph safety limits, Friends of the Earth Scotland air pollution campaigner Gavin Thomson commented, “We welcome Glasgow Council’s decision to introduce 20mph safety limits across the city. There are huge air quality and public health gains to be made from 20mph speed

21

January

2020

Divestment Just Transition

Campaigners welcome new public bank to finance action on climate crisis

The Scottish National Investment Bank Bill passed today (21/01/20) formally establishing in law a new public bank for Scotland. MSPs voted for a Government amendment which puts a legal obligation on the Bank to hold a list of minimum ethical standards for its investments, a key demand of environmental campaigners. MSPs als

21

January

2020

Divestment Just Transition

Scotland’s new Public Bank must be an ethical lender

MSPs will today (21/1/20) have a final vote on a bill to create a new public bank, the Scottish National Investment Bank. Following revisions by MSPs backed by environmental campaigners, the draft Bill requires the new Bank to invest in projects that promote social wellbeing and tackle the climate emergency. Today’s vote will