Commenting on the announcement today (7 September 2011) of the Scottish Government’s legislative programme, Stan Blackley, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“While the documentation accompanying the legislative programme contains warm words on enabling the transition to a low carbon economy and action to achieve Scotland’s carbon emissions reduction targets, there seems to be little or nothing in the legislative programme actually aimed at achieving these things. We hope that the forthcoming spending review and draft budget will contain action and funding to drive activity that helps Scotland take forward action to tackle climate change.”

“We are disappointed not to see a sustainable procurement bill in the legislative programme, as was touted in the SNP manifesto at the last election, and there seems to be little new in the section of the documentation relating to ‘A Greener Scotland’.

“This is not a legislative programme that tackles the big important issues, but seems to us instead to just be tinkering around the edges. The legislative programme lacks imagination and the Scottish Government has missed an opportunity to build upon the good work of the last session of the Parliament.”

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

Renewing Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2011-2012
www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/07110232/0

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