Budget must help deliver a Green Recovery
Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to make sure that their Budget delivers on their commitment to a ‘green recovery’, by investing in a green jobs recovery that will create thousands of new jobs and cut climate emissions.
Friends of the Earth Scotland are calling for the Scottish Budget to:
- Invest at least £244million in heat and energy efficiency, creating thousands of jobs and making homes easier to heat
- Support public transport and bus manufacturing by creating a fund for Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships to run bus services
- Invest in education and training for workers to get into green jobs
- Rule out public spending on high carbon projects, such as new trunk roads or fossil fuel projects
Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Climate and Energy Campaigner Caroline Rance said:
“Tens of thousands of people have already lost their jobs in Scotland since the first lockdown, while at the same time we need to build up the new zero carbon industries that will support our economy and rapidly reduce emissions.
“If the Scottish Government is serious about a green recovery, they’ll put public money into addressing unemployment and the climate crisis together by investing in a green jobs recovery and driving up demand in key areas like energy efficiency, public transport and skills training. However, it is crucial that any positive steps forward are not undermined by spending more public money on climate damaging projects such as trunk roads or backing technologies that keep us locked into fossil fuels.
“Heating buildings is one of the largest sources of climate emissions in Scotland, and a quarter of households live in fuel poverty. With people spending more time at home, increasing spending on domestic heat, energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes to at least £244 million can quickly improve homes and lives for hundreds of thousands of people, cut climate emissions and create thousands of new jobs across the country.
“Recovering from Covid-19, public transport needs a boost and supporting publicly-owned buses by creating a fund for local authorities to run bus services will ensure the biggest benefits for both communities and climate, while supporting Scotland’s bus manufacturing industry.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
This briefing sets out the policy and spending priorities Friends of the Earth Scotland believe should be at the heart of the Scottish Government’s budget for 2021/22 – with a focus on delivering a green jobs recovery.
Images of key workers protest outside the Scottish Government HQ calling for a Just and Green Recovery (June 2020)
In the 2020-21 Programme for Government, the Scottish Government committed to lifting spending on Heat and Energy Efficiency to £398m by the end of the next Parliament
Analysis by the STUC and Transition Economics suggested that the right stimulus aimed at retrofitting homes in Scotland could deliver up to 48,000 good green jobs http://www.stuc.org.uk/files/Scotland_Report.pdf
Friends of the Earth Scotland is:
* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 75 national member groups, and 5,000 local activist groups.