Friends of the Earth Scotland described the recent UK pre-budget report (PBR) as ‘at best green-tinged’ and a ‘missed opportunity’ to begin investing in a ‘Green New Deal’ to support and create employment while cutting climate changing emissions. With recent calls by Barack Obama, the UN, and the ILO for significant investment in green-collar jobs; and in the same week that the UK Climate Change Committee published its first report, and the Scottish Climate Bill is to be published, it is very timely to be discussing what should happen in Scotland as a result of measures in the PBR, in particular the bringing forward of capital expenditure.

A New Green Deal policy briefing