Submission to Scottish Affairs Committee on the Future of the Oil & Gas Industry
Our submission to the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry on the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry. Our key points are: the most important challenge for the oil and gas industry is how it can adapt and respond constructively to the requirement to stop burning fossil fuels in order to avoid catastrophic consequences of...
Paving the Way for a Just Transition
In Autumn 2018 progress is anticipated on three Scottish Government commitments that are critical to driving forward action to deliver a low carbon economy: the Just Transition Commission a Scottish National Investment Bank, and a publically owned energy company This briefing for MSPs summarises the thinking of the Just Transition Partnership in relation to these,...
Letter to MPs about Heathrow third runway
Ahead of a crucial Westminster vote on whether to approve the Heathrow third runway we, together with Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, wrote to all Scottish MPs urging them to vote against this disastrous project. Our key points are: Expanding aviation is incompatible with our commitment to tackling climate change and the...
Briefing for Scottish Parliament’s ECCLR Committee on Just Transition
A briefing from the Just Transition Partnership to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee ahead of taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill Team on the question: How does the Scottish Government intend to implement its commitment to create a Just Transition Commission, and why is this not included...
Parliamentary briefing – air pollution debate
A briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the ECCLR Committee’s air quality report on 17th April, with a special focus on the need to improve plans for Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone. Key points in tackling Scotland’s illegal air pollution 1. Air pollution is still killing off around 2,500 people a year in Scotland...
Proposals for the Just Transition Commission
In creating a Just Transition Commission, as announced in September 2017, the Scottish Government has an opportunity to set out a path for a radical and fair transformation of the Scottish economy, moving towards both eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and greater social justice and environmental sustainability. To drive these changes forwards, it will need to...
Letter to Glasgow City Council re: Low Emission Zone
On Friday, Glasgow City Council published draft proposals for a Low Emission Zone which fall well short of the mark in delivering clean air. We, together with Friends of the Earth Glasgow, Cycling UK Scotland, Get Glasgow Moving, Global Justice Now, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and WWF Scotland have written to the City’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City...
Scottish National Investment Bank Parliamentary Briefing – Mar 2018
Friends of the Earth Scotland has been working for some years to champion public finance and funding to stimulate a just transition to a zero-carbon economy. We welcome the creation of the Scottish National Investment Bank but believe there is much more work is to be done to ensure it is established on a green...
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...