Results 101–120 of 4728 for speaker:Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Update on Plans) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity has already acknowledged the impact of climate change in respect of the events that took place near Stonehaven. I will certainly undertake to discuss with my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism the issues around deforestation, which, of course, he is working incredibly hard to reverse completely.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Update on Plans) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am aware of the situation at Mossmorran. The weather event that we saw seems to have been unprecedented, although I am not a meteorological expert in any way, shape or form. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is currently engaging with Mossmorran to ascertain exactly what happened. I think that there is still a question mark over quite what took place there. In those circumstances,...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 (Targets) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are taking ambitious action across the board, including through investment in policy development. Our 2020-21 budget included £2 billion of infrastructure investment over the next parliamentary term for measures to support delivery of our climate change plan. It commits £250 million over 10 years to peatland restoration, and a record £53 million to forestry in 2020-21. More recently, we...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 (Targets) (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I will make sure that I pass the member’s concerns about ferries to my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.

Scottish Parliament: Nitrogen Balance Sheet (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: While we continue to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, we remain absolutely committed to our climate change goals, which include the establishment of a national nitrogen balance sheet to enhance the evidence base in areas such as air quality, agriculture and transport. Initial work to identify data sources is under way in the Scottish Government. We expect to begin engaging stakeholders on the...

Scottish Parliament: Nitrogen Balance Sheet (13 Aug 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Assuming that the Scottish Parliament’s unanimous endorsement of the delay included the vote of Jeremy Balfour, I am a little puzzled as to why he continues to press the matter. Nitrogen is an important greenhouse gas, and the balance sheet will support national climate change targets. The extension of the deadline for completing the regulatory process was set prior to Covid-19. We have...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The most recent greenhouse gas emissions statistics for Scotland were published this morning. The statistics are historical and apply to the period up to the end of 2018 only. They therefore predate the First Minister’s declaration in 2019 of a global climate emergency and the substantial work that has been undertaken by the Government since then to combat climate change. Reporting to...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Annie Wells is relatively new to her role as shadow cabinet secretary for environment, climate change, land reform and COP26, so I will be as kind as possible. I remind her that Scotland continues to outperform the UK in reducing long-term emissions, and that in western Europe it is second only to Sweden. Targets have been intentionally set to provide an extremely stretching pathway. If we...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The question was quite long, but I will try to be as quick as possible. Claudia Beamish knows that the energy company does not sit in my portfolio. I will refer her comments to the relevant portfolio. I have already tasked the just transition commission with looking at the economic recovery scenario that we are immediately dealing with, and it is working hard on that. Although I have not...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: One year’s report on what is an annual reporting issue is not final evidence of anything. Somebody will be standing here next June giving a statement on the statistics. An enormous amount of work is being done, as Mark Ruskell knows. Mark Ruskell must also be aware that transport is one of the areas facing major challenges as a result of Covid-19. There are strong moves—as I highlighted...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Our natural assets will be central to our national journey towards net zero emissions. Claudia Beamish also referred to that. The recent launch of ScotWind reflects how our seas host some of the best offshore wind resources in the world. The North Sea oil and gas sector can also play a positive role in Scotland’s energy transition by helping to design the diverse energy system that we need...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I cannot speak for the future; I can speak only for the statistics that I have in front of me. I spoke about a minister standing here next year and dealing with the 2019 statistics. I rather suspect that the minister standing here in 2022 dealing with the 2020 statistics will have a very different story to tell for very different reasons. That is one of the issues that we have to deal with,...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: It is the case, as the Committee on Climate Change notes in almost every one of its reports, that Scotland’s ability to deliver a green recovery is dependent on UK Government action. Substantial responsibilities and regulatory controls remain reserved. In particular, to progress in Scotland, urgent action is required in parts of the fiscal system, in the decarbonisation of the gas and...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I am interested in the fact that Finlay Carson was so opposed to the delay in the introduction of the deposit return scheme. I suspect that many of the companies and organisations that he normally wants to speak for will be astonished at that. In Government, we have to deal with reality. We have to make sure that what we are doing is doable—that is important. Yes, we have to report on the...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I have mentioned hydrogen a couple of times already. It has the potential to play a very important part in a low-carbon future and to assist in the comprehensive decarbonisation of the Scottish heat, industrial and transport systems. We have appointed consultants to undertake a Scottish hydrogen assessment, on which work is well under way. In accordance with our commitment in the programme...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: A lot of work is being done in those areas right now. My statement mentioned some of the aspects that Ms Boyack has raised, including the money that has been allocated in the area of transport. We are doing a lot more, but I do not want to step on possible further announcements or to pre-announce matters from portfolio areas that are not mine. We intend to do—and will do—as much as we...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are currently trying to understand the impacts of the crisis on emissions reductions in Scotland. John Mason has mentioned one positive example that has come out of it, and the increase in cycling and walking is another. However, other aspects have been less positive. The planned activity on nature-based solutions and other work that would have happened in recent months of this year has...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: No—I cannot remember that. However, I will get that information to Maurice Golden.

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: There is constant engagement along the lines that Angus MacDonald has asked about—it is part and parcel of the work that we do. As a matter of fact, I have raised industrial decarbonisation with my counterparts in the UK Government. In our discussions on the setting up of an emissions trading scheme, I pressed very strongly for the money that would flow through such a scheme being very much...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics (2018) (16 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I understand that the commitment is still there. There may be some delay—we are trying to analyse the impact of Covid—but we are not withdrawing from that commitment at all.


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