As Scotland faces rising and record levels of unemployment in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, our paper sets out how climate action and green jobs can contribute to a Just and Green Recovery in Scotland.
Urgent government intervention is required to boost investment, to create good jobs for the thousands of people made unemployed and set us a path to a just and green recovery that protects those worst hit by the pandemic, while investing in a better future for everyone.
Key points include:
- Kickstart a programme of public green job creation with investment in national green infrastructure projects, including in energy efficiency, sustainable transport and renewable heating.
- Attach binding conditions to all recovery funding, to reduce emissions from business and industry in line with Scotland’s climate targets.
- Commit to giving no public funding to fossil fuel developments, including CCS, CCUS and fossil fuel-derived Hydrogen, instead setting a timetable for fossil fuel phase out and creating a Just Transition plan for affected workers.
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