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Scottish Parliament: “A Greenprint for Building a Cleaner More Resilient Economy” (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I welcome SSE’s report, and I note that its five policy areas complement the Scottish Government’s strategy for creating a green, resilient, wellbeing economy. It is clear that meeting our world-leading targets to reduce carbon emissions will require a truly national endeavour that will involve significant public and private investment, and I hope that SSE—along with others—will play...

Scottish Parliament: “A Greenprint for Building a Cleaner More Resilient Economy” (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: All the targets are in place. As the member will recall, they are statutory targets, which are now fixed—the target for net zero is 2045 and the target for the 75 per cent reduction in emissions is 2030. Until and unless Parliament decides to change those targets, they will remain in place. Mr Greene also asked about the home improvement stimulus, which, as he is probably well aware, is a...

Scottish Parliament: “A Greenprint for Building a Cleaner More Resilient Economy” (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As Claudia Beamish probably realises, across Government, a significant number of conversations are taking place right now about managing our way out of the immediate economic situation and moving towards a green economic recovery. Within that, there will be as many incentives as we can reasonably expect, although all colleagues will be aware that there are now very significant financial...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Fly-tipping is illegal, dangerous and unnecessary. I am disappointed that there has been an increase in fly-tipping during the lockdown period, and I know that that will be of significant concern to the landowners and communities affected. In 2014, we increased the penalty for fly-tipping to a minimum fine of £200 and a maximum fine of £40,000, with a range of penalties in between. In...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are already working closely with SEPA and local authorities to ensure that we have effective prevention and enforcement measures in place. Ideally, we would be able to identify the individuals responsible for fly-tipping and to make them pay for clearing it up. SEPA has a vital role to play in ensuring that the public and waste carriers understand their responsibilities, and in targeting...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Responsibility for managing fly-tipping rests with local councils as part of their role in delivering waste services. There has been disruption to services during recent weeks, but limited access to other services is no excuse for fly-tipping. I am pleased to see that the situation is now much better and is continuing to improve. The reopening of household waste recycling centres this week is...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: We are keeping all aspects of that under review. We are engaged in a continuing conversation with SEPA, which is looking closely at a variety of ways of addressing the issue. It is clear that the problem has been exacerbated by the most recent experience. I understand why landowners are frustrated when, by law, they become responsible for what is on their land, but Murdo Fraser will know that...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping and Waste Management (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government has established a waste and resources sector forum that brings together key partners in the waste sector to ensure that we work closely together during the pandemic. The forum includes local authority representation as well as waste industry bodies, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Zero Waste Scotland. Communication with the public about responsible waste...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping and Waste Management (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: It is right that the personal health and wellbeing of those who work in the sector is safeguarded at all times. The Scottish Government has published guidance that was worked on jointly with COSLA to support local authorities in the reopening and operation of recycling centres. Alongside the guidance, Zero Waste Scotland has commenced a national communications programme to advise the public...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping and Littering (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government published a revised code of practice on litter and refuse in 2018, which sets out statutory guidance on the responsibilities of local authorities and other duty holders, and promotes a focus on prevention. As I mentioned in my earlier responses, we have recently developed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities a national waste...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping and Littering (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As the member probably understands, we are almost constantly having conversations about aspects of the lockdown and how to manage behaviours that we see developing. There are active conversations about how best to deal with the issues that arise around local hot spots. First and foremost, it is the public health issue that gives us concern. Equally, there are indirect results such as those...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Targets (Impact of Covid-19) (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government has, of course, set many targets to encourage progress in Scotland on many different aspects of environmental protection and climate change mitigation. To understand the full impact of the Covid-19 crisis on those targets, we will continue to review them as part of on-going monitoring.

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Targets (Impact of Covid-19) (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I will not make that kind of global guarantee. We are actively discussing the next steps in the progress on the DRS, and discussions are taking place on the setting up of the scheme administrator. A lot of the conversations that the member might be interested in having about the DRS will require the active involvement of the scheme administrator when it is finally set up.

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Targets (Impact of Covid-19) (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I reassure Sarah Boyack that that is an active conversation across almost all ministerial portfolios and in the economic recovery group, which is chaired by Benny Higgins. I have also set up a revised group, which we are calling the sustainable advisory group and which is principally targeting the promises that we made to Parliament about updating our climate change plan in the light of the...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Targets (Impact of Covid-19) (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government has been very clear in its support for sustainable travel. I am certain that Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, would want me to remind the member of the £10 million for the spaces for people programme. That money is funding pop-up cycle lanes and wider pavements to provide safe infrastructure for walking and...

Scottish Parliament: Nitrogen Balance Sheet (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Although our immediate focus has to be on responding to the Covid-19 crisis, we remain fully committed to our climate change goals. That includes the establishment of a national nitrogen balance sheet. Parliament recently unanimously agreed a limited extension to the deadline for the development phase of that project. That represents a pragmatic flexibility that is intended to minimise any...

Scottish Parliament: Nitrogen Balance Sheet (4 Jun 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: In fairness to Tom Mason, I am not sure that he understands that the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 commenced only in March 2020, which was just prior to the Covid lockdown. We therefore had to look very carefully at how we were going to manage things. The amendment to the emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill was unanimously accepted, and we spoke...

Scottish Parliament: Recycling Centres (Reopening) (5 May 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Local authorities are responsible for recycling centres and need to consider several factors before reopening them. Those include the ability to operate sites safely, the ability to ensure that physical distancing is maintained and the need to discourage the public from making unnecessary journeys. We are working closely with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities...

Scottish Parliament: Recycling Centres (Reopening) (5 May 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: With the greatest respect to Alex Rowley, I say that that is exactly what I said we are currently doing. I am aware that a number of councils are looking at how they can manage the problem. It is not as straightforward as a single council choosing to reopen a centre, because impacts can begin to develop, as we have seen from some of the actions that have happened south of the border, which we...

Scottish Parliament: Recycling Centres (Reopening) (5 May 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I presume that the member does not want me to simply instruct all local authorities to reopen without regard to any other matters. That would be utterly wrong, and it would not solve any of the problems that would likely transpire. I am pretty sure that, if I did that, he would be the first here to tell me that I had no business in instructing local authorities to do anything of the sort. The...


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