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May

2020

Climate

Civil Society Organisations demand radical coronavirus recovery plan that delivers fairer & greener Scotland

80 civic society organisations from across different sectors of Scottish life have written to the First Minister today calling for a radical response to the coronavirus recovery that puts people before profit.  The letter is the most broad-ranging approach to the First Minster on the coronavirus recovery so far and includes det

28

May

2020

Climate

UN Climate Talks: Glasgow Summit Confirmed for November 2021

Friends of the Earth Scotland & Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland statement reacting to the announcement of new dates for the UN Climate Summit, COP26, now scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November 2021, a year later than planned. Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Chu

28

May

2020

Fracking Just Transition Waste

No bailout for plastic producer Ineos, says international groups

Prominent activists, scientists, and groups urge COP26 hosts to side with the climate and environment – while prioritising long term stability for workers through green jobs A request for £500m in state support by petrochemical and fracking company Ineos – partly owned by billionaire and tax exile Jim Ratcliffe, is drawi

13

May

2020

Waste

Deposit Return Scheme Delay Risks Rise In Plastic Pollution

The Scottish Government has today (Wednesday 13th May) passed revised regulations on the Deposit Return Scheme, which will mean it will not be operational until July 2022, 15 months after it was due to begin. The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020 were voted through with 36 votes in favour, 16 against and

07

May

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Low Emission Zone delay puts everyone at risk, say campaigners

The announcement by the Scottish Government that the Low Emission Zones in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee will be indefinitely delayed has provoked concern among campaigners, who point out the links between coronavirus and poor air quality. Air pollution kills 2,500 people in Scotland each year and puts the populati

07

May

2020

Just Transition

Energy Minister must hold oil companies to account for job losses

Environmental campaigners have urged the Scottish Government to hold the oil and gas industry to account over the treatment of its workforce and to use its existing Just Transition Commission as the vehicle for discussing the energy transition. The first meeting of the Strategic Leadership Group on Oil and Gas and Energy Tran

06

May

2020

Climate Just Transition

Oil & Gas Authority Net Zero Strategy slammed as “cynical PR exercise”

Environmental campaigners have slammed the Oil and Gas Authority’s proposed ‘net zero strategy’ as a cynical PR exercise. Changes proposed to their existing MER Strategy amount to new references to the UK’s net zero by 2050 climate targets but signal that the UK Government has no intention of repealing the legislative co

06

May

2020

Climate Just Transition

Reaction to UK Committee on Climate Change coronavirus recovery advice

Friends of the Earth Scotland responds to the UK Committee on Climate Change letter to the Scottish Government setting out six principles for a resilient recovery from COVID-19. Caroline Rance, Climate & Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland “As has been said many times in the past weeks, we cannot go ba

28

April

2020

Air Pollution Transport

Welcome for road re-allocation measures to create space for social distancing

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the announcement in the Scottish Parliament today by Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson MSP that the Scottish Government will support councils with £10m to introduce temporary road reallocation measures. This follows concern that pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in S