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Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (24 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: On the last day of the current parliamentary session, it seems fitting that we are considering a member’s bill that has strong cross-party support and addresses a matter that is of serious concern to everyone who has an interest in animal welfare. I warmly congratulate my colleague Emma Harper on her successful initiative. Improving the lives of Scotland’s animals is something to which I...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran Ethylene Plant (Independent Review) (23 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member is aware, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency published the outcome of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency’s peer review of its regulatory approach at Mossmorran on Friday 19 March. SEPA and the Scottish Government are clear that compliance with Scotland’s environmental laws is non-negotiable. SEPA has published a detailed response to all 20 recommendations made...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran Ethylene Plant (Independent Review) (23 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am glad that Mark Ruskell considers that there has been progress—I believe that a great deal of progress has been made. I pointed to the 20 recommendations of the independent evaluation. SEPA has accepted eight of those recommendations, nine more are currently under way, one will be considered and two are not being taken forward. Specialist monitoring, compliance and enforcement support...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran Ethylene Plant (Independent Review) (23 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: There is constant discussion within Government and between the Government and a variety of partners in different sectors of the economy on how we go forward. We are tasking individual companies with looking very carefully at their proposals with respect to a just transition. The same task is being suggested to ExxonMobil, with which I have had recent correspondence, as Mark Ruskell is aware....

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran Ethylene Plant (Independent Review) (23 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I know that Annabelle Ewing has been closely involved in the matter for some time, and I value her constructive engagement on it. As I have indicated, work on nine of the 20 recommendations from the peer review is already under way, and SEPA has accepted a further eight of those recommendations. Recommendations that have already been taken forward include those relating specifically to air...

Scottish Parliament: Mossmorran Ethylene Plant (Independent Review) (23 Mar 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I think that Alexander Stewart is referring to the recommendation on having a dedicated site agent, which is one of the two recommendations that SEPA is not taking forward. The fact is that SEPA already dedicates significant resources to Mossmorran—more than it does to any other single regulated site in Scotland. SEPA also gains additional expertise by working with partners, including the...

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero Transition (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: In December, the Scottish Government updated the climate change plan with over 100 new policies, putting Scotland on a pathway to meeting our targets over the period to 2032. That is supported by a record £1.9 billion of capital funding in the Scottish budget for 2021-22 that is aimed at tackling climate change, creating good green jobs and delivering Scotland’s green recovery from the...

Scottish Parliament: Net Zero Transition (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are providing significant funding to help people and businesses to prepare for the introduction of LEZs well in advance of the 2022 introduction target. The low-emission zone support fund has made available £3 million of targeted grant funding in 2020-21 for taxis, heavy goods vehicles and microbusinesses, with a similar amount being made available in 2021-22. In 2020-21, we have also...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: As I said in response to question 1, the Scottish Government updated our climate change plan in December with over 100 new policies, putting Scotland on a pathway to meeting its world-leading targets over the period to 2032. I will not repeat the rest of what I said in my earlier answer. Delivering a just transition to net zero and reaching our 75 per cent target by 2030 will require...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I can speak only in general terms. I am sure that the member is aware that Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, would be able to give him a great deal more detail. As a bus user myself—at least in normal times—I can reassure the member that I would always wish to encourage campaigning and advocating for greater bus use, wherever it takes...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: It is absolutely clear that the delay to the circular economy has been caused by the pandemic. That was not the only change that had to be made to potential parliamentary business. I would not be able to say, in advance of any future programme for government, what would be in it or when it would be introduced, but I strongly suspect that there will be a circular economy bill in future,...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Emissions Targets (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am always happy to look at further suggestions. All that I would say is that the climate change plan update could not be encyclopaedic in its nature. It is an update, not an entire climate change plan. If there are suggestions for things that people think should be included, I am happy to hear the arguments for them. It is important to remember that the climate change plan update was done...

Scottish Parliament: Tarbolton Moss Landfill Site (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: Tarbolton Landfill Ltd, the operator of the site, remains in liquidation. The Scottish Government is not directly responsible for the site. However, on 4 February, officials met the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and South Ayrshire Council to discuss how those public authorities can work together to move matters forward. Following that constructive meeting, the Scottish Government is...

Scottish Parliament: Tarbolton Moss Landfill Site (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I understand the frustration of everybody who has any connection with the situation. We are aware that issues have not moved forward in the way that local residents would have hoped, but we are committed to working with partners, as I have indicated. The liquidation process is still on-going, and I am afraid that the legal position regarding the future ownership of and responsibility for the...

Scottish Parliament: International Environment Centre (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government is pleased to commit £17 million of funding towards the creation of Scotland’s international environment centre through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region deal. The centre will provide an integrated approach to cutting-edge research, innovation and skills development to tackle global environmental challenges. It aims to transform the relationship between...

Scottish Parliament: International Environment Centre (11 Feb 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: COP26 is, indeed, a fantastic opportunity to showcase to the world the world-leading climate action that Scotland is already taking across all sectors, as well as providing a platform on which to demonstrate our place in the world through our innovation and international partnerships. I am delighted that so many companies, groups and individuals are looking to engage with COP26. Although I...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Support for Innovative Projects) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: The climate change plan update, published in December, sets out several measures to support innovation and encourage new technologies and ideas. That includes £180 million for a new emerging energy technologies fund, which will support the development of Scottish hydrogen and carbon capture and storage industries, as well as new negative emissions technologies. Innovation happens at the...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Support for Innovative Projects) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I have already mentioned the community climate asset fund. The Scottish Government also continues to support the growth of community and renewable energy through its community and renewable energy scheme. Since its inception, CARES has made available more than £51 million to support more than 600 community and locally owned renewable energy projects across Scotland. That is helping...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Prevention Measures (Lothian) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: In our programme for government, we committed to providing an extra £150 million for flood risk management, in addition to the £420 million 10-year funding that we have provided to local authorities. We continue to work with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, local authorities and other relevant bodies to deliver the actions that are detailed in the current flood risk management...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Prevention Measures (Lothian) (14 Jan 2021)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am not certain that I can agree to the site visit proposal in the current circumstances. I will need to take advice, but we will certainly liaise with Miles Briggs on that. For any proposal, detailed discussions involving local authorities and SEPA need to take place. I am not certain how far that process has gone in relation to Kirkliston. If Kirkliston is not already one of the areas that...


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