Written Evidence: Planning Bill, Stage 1 (Feb 2018)
Friends of the Earth’s written submission in response to to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee’s call for evidence for their scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) Bill at its first parliamentary stage. In our evidence, we call for the Bill to be improved by: Giving planning the explicit purpose of delivering sustainable development, and...
Parliamentary Briefing – Stemming the Plastic Tide (Feb 2018)
Friends of the Earth Scotland's briefing to MSPs ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate "Stemming the Plastic Tide: Action to Tackle the Impact of Single-use Plastics on Land and in our Seas," on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Parliamentary Briefing – Civil litigation and access to environmental justice (Jan 2018)
Friends of the Earth Scotland's briefing to MSPs ahead of their first debate and initial vote on the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Bill.
Consultation response to “Local Bus Services in Scotland” consultation
In this consultation response: We make the point that buses are at the heart of successful public transport networks, are a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland, and are an essential part of the solution to air pollution. We agree with and support the Scottish Government’s proposals to allow for franchising, as...
Response to Low Emission Zone consultation Nov 2017
In our response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation, we noted our full support the principle of LEZs, but note that for LEZs to be a success in Scotland: The Government needs to restrict buses, vans, and lorries from the outset, followed by cars and taxis. The Government needs to provide funding for infrastructure to be...
Guidance on responding to the Scottish National Investment Bank consultation
Friends of the Earth Scotland is working to encourage individuals, civil society organisations and socially beneficial industries to engage with the Scottish Government’s plan to create a Scottish National Investment Bank. Our vision is for a green and ethical bank that invests for the common good of the people of Scotland. A public consultation is...
Councils: Fuelling the Fire
This report shows that UK council pension funds invest over £16 billion in fossil fuel – the industry most responsible for climate change. Scottish councils were found to have £1.8 billion invested in fossil fuels: 4.2% of the scheme. The data also show that between 2015-2017 Scottish council investment in fossil fuels increased by £146...
Parliamentary Briefing – Raising Scotland’s Climate Ambition (Oct 2017)
The statement on progress against our greenhouse gas targets, given by Scottish Government’s climate minister Roseanna Cunningham on 31 October 2017, is the Scottish Parliament’s last chance to discuss climate change ahead of the critical UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn from 6-17 November. Our briefing to MSPs ahead of the ministerial statement called on...
Parliamentary Briefing: Banning Fracking in Scotland
Our briefing to MSPs ahead of the final Scottish Parliament debate and vote on the hard-won fracking ban.