Briefing ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on Wednesday 24th April 2019 ‘A Green New Deal for Scotland’

Key Points include:
• The Climate Emergency requires bold, systemic changes, including shifting our economies away from fossil fuels
• Green New Deal describes transforming the economy in a way which rapidly reduces carbon emissions, delivering large scale investment in green infrastructure, and providing broad public benefits.
• These elements are also key to Just Transition, a concept that has gained wide support in this Parliament, but Just Transition also requires that the transition must be planned and managed in a way that ensures workers and communities currently dependent on high carbon industries are not left behind.
• To successfully transition to a green economy, principles of a Just Transition must be embedded across Government portfolios and economic priorities, and in the Climate Change Bill, the Scottish National Investment Bank and the publicly owned energy company