Friends of the Earth Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of £15m which will install over 1,500 new electric charge points.

Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Air Pollution Campaigner Emilia Hanna said,

“The promise of new electric charging points is great news for people thinking about buying an electric car, and will help reduce Scotland’s transport emissions. Electric vehicles are fast becoming the obvious choice for those times when people really need to use a car. However, we need fewer, not just newer vehicles. If the Scottish Government is serious about tackling Scotland’s air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, it must redouble its efforts on buses and trains, more cycle paths, Low Emission Zones and controls on unnecessary parking.

“As well as installing charging points, the Scottish Government must improve its thinking around transport. It must make sure that councils are able to run their own bus services to allow for better services, it must ramp up efforts to introduce Low Emission Zones, and it must allow for councils to be able to introduce Workplace Parking Levies to discourage unnecessary commuting by car. We look forward to seeing this built on in the Programme for Government.

  1. The Scottish Government announced a new £15m to instal electric charging points on 3 September: https://news.gov.scot/news/green-transport-funding-pledge
  2. Programme for Govermment 2107 – FoE reaction https://foe.scot/press-release/prog-govt-2017-reaction/ and blog https://foe.scot/greenest-ever-prog-govt/
  3. “Holyrood’s draft climate change bill in hot water” Scotland on Sunday 2/9/18 https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/holyrood-s-draft-climate-change-bill-in-hot-water-1-4793580/
  4. 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 some 5,000 local activist groups.