Results 61–80 of 4728 for speaker:Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery (Support for Communities) (11 Nov 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Covid-19 has affected us all. My thoughts are especially with those who have lost loved ones to the virus. We can perceive that there are likely to be serious longer-term lessons to be learned from what has happened. The way that we live, work and travel necessarily changed as we stayed at home to protect ourselves and each other. It is important that, as we recover from this experience, we...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (United Kingdom Government Investment) (11 Nov 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The upcoming net zero review and net zero strategy will be crucial in clarifying the level of ambition from the UK Government. We continue to press the UK Government to take urgent action in a number of reserved areas, including by decarbonising the gas grid, particularly as Scotland’s target of net zero by 2045 is five years ahead of the UK’s target. The success of both Governments in...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (United Kingdom Government Investment) (11 Nov 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As I indicated in my earlier answer, a great deal of work is being done, including on the joint UK emissions trading scheme. Working together can be stymied by indecision on the part of the UK Government, which has, over this entire period, reserved the fallback option of a carbon tax, which it refuses to rule out. That is now jeopardising our ability to introduce that scheme on 1 January,...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Urban Areas) (11 Nov 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Following an independent review, a consultation on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland was published on 30 October. The new strategy sets out a series of actions for Government, Transport Scotland, local authorities and others to further reduce air pollution across Scotland. A number of the proposed actions relating to transport and domestic burning have particular relevance for...

Scottish Parliament: Emissions Reduction (Urban Areas) (11 Nov 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As I have just highlighted, there are a number of specific actions that are of particular relevance for urban areas, including proposals to control the supply of the most polluting domestic fuels, which will help to improve air quality in our cities and towns. In addition, many of the transport actions will also deliver important benefits in urban areas. For example, we will work to deliver...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: This is a unique job-share experience for the Parliament. I thank Mike Russell for so clearly restating that Scotland did not choose to leave the EU. There should be no need to consider how to deal with Brexit, and anything that we do cannot fully substitute for the loss of our membership. From the beginning, my priority has been to protect the environmental standards that we have in...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I move, That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Action Plan (Dundee) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I welcome Dundee’s climate action plan, which places climate change at the heart of the city’s regeneration. The plan has ambitious targets, a citywide partnership approach and strong links to national policy; it supports key low-carbon technologies and climate resilience. The Scottish Government and its agencies are working with partners in Dundee. In particular, we have committed up to...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Action Plan (Dundee) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The budget for 2020-21 has increased to £100.5 million to support the building of large-scale active travel infrastructure and behavioural change. We have invested nearly £39 million in temporary infrastructure to help local authorities support physical distancing and to encourage walking, wheeling and cycling during the Covid-19 outbreak. We remain absolutely committed to tackling air...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Protection (Public Participation) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We want to ensure that, when it comes to recycling, the right choices are the easy choices for businesses and households. Our recent programme for government committed to a £70 million recycling fund to improve local authority collection infrastructure, as well as a review of the household recycling charter and code of practice. The national managing our waste campaign provides guidance for...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Protection (Public Participation) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We continue, of course, to engage regularly with a wide range of stakeholders from throughout the waste sector, through the waste and resources sector forum. It comprises key partners including Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, local authorities and commercial bodies. I am grateful to the people who have worked very...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Protection (Public Participation) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As Maurice Golden is, very likely, aware, the answer to that is no. I do not have a minute-by-minute assessment of the waste that is exported from Scotland, any more than anyone else will have a minute-by-minute assessment of any other export from Scotland. However, I can tell Maurice Golden that we are making a great deal of progress on recycling, on which we are doing an enormous amount of...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Protection (Public Participation) (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Again, I must say that we are making very strong progress, as I said to Maurice Golden. Between 2017 and 2018, the carbon impact of our waste dropped by 11 per cent. I have also mentioned the PFG commitment. Waste incineration is strictly regulated in line with European Union standards. Under the regulations, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency operates a very rigorous permitting...

Scottish Parliament: Tarbolton Moss Landfill (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Tarbolton Landfill Ltd, which is the operator of the site, remains in liquidation. Although the Scottish Government is not directly responsible for the site, we are working with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and South Ayrshire Council to assess future options. On 2 July, we considered the recommendations of a recent site survey on the practical options for management of the site....

Scottish Parliament: Tarbolton Moss Landfill (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I know that Mr Whittle has raised the issue on a number of occasions. We have had conversations about it, and I know that he feels very strongly about it. That is extremely understandable. However, the legal situation remains the same. Mr Whittle mentioned giant hogweed. I understand that, unfortunately, much of the work across Scotland to control invasive species has been delayed because of...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Action (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Scotland has the most rigorous framework of domestic climate change legislation in the world. We have already halved our greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, restored 20,000 hectares of degraded peatland, planted 22 million trees and cut waste emissions by 30 per cent. Even as we tackle the impacts of Covid-19, we are ensuring that our recovery is a green recovery by investing a...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Action (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Among other things, the work that is being done with Crown Estate Scotland is very much directed at the issue that Neil Findlay has raised. We are working closely with Crown Estate Scotland to ensure that developers will need to commit to the anticipated level and location of supply-chain impact in future projects, and to incorporate them in formal agreements. That will provide developers...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Action (1 Oct 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am pleased to say that Scotland is now the European co-chair for the Under2 Coalition, alongside a number of other co-chairs, including Governor Newsom of California, Premier Zikalala of KwaZulu-Natal and Governor Domínguez Servién of Querétaro, which I hope I have pronounced correctly. Our term as co-chair has begun. It is happening in a crucial time for climate action and it will help...

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We committed to consider the recommendations of the vacant and derelict land task force and to explore opportunities to invest in our local blue and green infrastructure, targeting problematic long-term vacant and derelict land. We expect that national planning framework 4 will strengthen our policies in that area, building on experience and innovation from across Scotland. We will publish an...

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land (9 Sep 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Later this month, the Scottish Land Commission will publish the recommendations of the vacant and derelict land task force, which have been developed over a period of time and with extensive stakeholder input. We welcome the work of the task force and we will consider its report and recommendations in detail when we receive them. We will publish a response in due course and will continue to...


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