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...
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.
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.