Overcoming Barriers to Public Interest Litigation in Scotland
The report from leading NGOs explores why there is a lack of strategic court action in Scotland and suggests recommendations to address this.
How Local Government Pension Funds are failing to protect themselves from the financial risks of climate change. (Nov 2018)
The Lothian and Strathclyde Pension Funds, run by Edinburgh and Glasgow Councils, were found to be failing to take adequate action to protect their £27.1 billion investments from climate risks.
Scotland’s role in delivering the Paris Agreement: Tyndall Centre report, May 2018
To inform targets for Scotland’s new Climate Change Bill, we commissioned this report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on Scotland’s fair share of global emissions to deliver the Paris Agreement.
Divest Fracking – How UK councils are banking on dirty gas.
This report reveals the extent of UK council investments in the fracking industry
Intervention in judicial review of fracking ban
Our public interest intervention in INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas’ judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking as submitted to the Court of Session. Our intervention argues that not only is the ban on fracking lawful, but that the Scottish Government is arguably required to ban fracking in order to meet...
Open letter from climate scientists to Scottish Government on net-zero emissions target
A dozen of the world’s leading climate scientists have published an open letter urging the Scottish Government to set a new target of net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest in the upcoming Climate Change Bill. “As scientists and researchers working on climate change and how to address it, we are all too familiar...
Open letter to Scottish Ministers on carbon neutral farming
Fifty organisations, academics and individual farmers including the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Crofting Federation and Friends of the Earth Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to do more to help agriculture substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture and land use is responsible for nearly a quarter of...
Scottish Environment LINK’s Letter of Resignation to the Cleaner Air for Scotland Governance Group
Scottish Environment LINK has resigned from the Cleaner Air for Scotland’s Governance Group, citing their frustration and disappointment around delays in tackling air pollution, and poor input into Glasgow’s draft Low Emission Zone plans as key reasons. Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Air Pollution Campaigner Emilia Hanna, and Professor James Curran MBE, Honorary LINK fellow,...
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...