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

Roseanna Cunningham: Right now, what we are concerned about is ensuring that we can manage our waste collection services right across Scotland during this emergency. That is at the forefront of the conversations that we are having. As we move forward, the continuing necessity to recycle will remain absolutely important—we do not want to take anything away from that—but, right now, we are trying to manage a...

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

Roseanna Cunningham: Of course, we agree that the wellbeing of workers is paramount. We also recognise the importance of supporting households at this rather difficult and awkward time. As part of our efforts, and working in partnership with local government, we have launched a national communications campaign that provides advice and support on arrangements for the management and collection of household waste....

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

Roseanna Cunningham: I probably answered that question by referencing the council websites. I anticipate that people will have regular discussion and conversations with local councillors and council officials to ensure that their views are heard and taken on board. Some recycling centres might be easier to open than others, from council area to council area, for a variety of reasons. It is important that councils...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Access (Guidance) (24 Apr 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: That is a good point. The Government issued guidance on 9 April regarding access to the countryside. That was partly triggered by the fact that some people were driving to locations to go for walks, which we really do not want anyone to do. We certainly want people to exercise, but to do so as locally as possible, ideally starting their exercise as they step off their front doorstep. We will...

Scottish Parliament: Low-emission Zones (24 Apr 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The low-emission zone process was on track. Of course, we now need to have serious conversations about how it might look in future. I have already had some discussion with my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity about how we emerge from the current set of circumstances holding on to and learning from some of the lessons about air quality and the...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (24 Apr 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I thank Annie Wells for that question. We had to think about that carefully, as we have had to for a number of different pieces of legislation, both primary and secondary. Because the DRS regulations were so close to conclusion, we decided simply to move on with them, because the principal issue, for those who have an interest in it, was the extension of the timetable to July 2022. In my...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Lessons of Lockdown (24 Apr 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: As Claudia Beamish is probably well aware, we are monitoring those issues very closely. I see people’s recognition that nature makes a comeback incredibly quickly when humans vacate spaces to allow it to. Many lessons will be learned about the air quality issue, and the on-going concerns about climate change and the need to reduce emissions take on a rather different mantle in the context...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (24 Apr 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Members should know that there is currently in place a weekly waste forum that involves partners in local government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Zero Waste Scotland and the waste sector to try to support the resilience of local waste collection and disposal arrangements, which is something that we have been keeping a very close eye on. Fly-tipping is, of course, illegal. It...

Scottish Parliament: Petition (Ecological Emergency) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Tackling loss of biodiversity ranks alongside climate change in importance, and our actions are designed to address those twin issues in tandem, wherever possible—for example, through the £250 million investment in peatland restoration over the next 10 years. The programme for government announced an extension to the biodiversity challenge fund of £2 million, which increased to £3...

Scottish Parliament: Petition (Ecological Emergency) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I do not think that it is possible to draw a line as Claudia Beamish is trying to do. The Aichi targets are challenging, but our meeting seven out of 20 compares favourably with the global picture, which is that there has been progress on only four of the 20 targets. Yes—there is a great deal more to do in Scotland, but we are already doing a great deal more than most other countries in the...

Scottish Parliament: Petition (Ecological Emergency) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The environmental strategy sets out the links between the crises of climate and nature, which I mentioned. Climate change is a key driver of biodiversity loss, and healthy natural habitats play a vital role in removing carbon from the atmosphere. The resilience of the natural environment in the face of the changing climate is a key element of our adaptations programme. Our focus is on the...

Scottish Parliament: Greylag Geese (Impact on Farmland and Crops) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: Liam McArthur might recall that I wrote to him on 17 February to provide an update on my proposed visit to Orkney to see at first hand the impact of resident greylag geese on farmlands and crops, and to discuss potential solutions. My office is looking at potential dates and will be in touch shortly with the member’s office and the NFU Scotland branch on Orkney to agree a suitable date for...

Scottish Parliament: Greylag Geese (Impact on Farmland and Crops) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I clarify that the original agreement that I made with Liam McArthur was to visit in early summer for reasons to do with my diary, which is why I said that Mairi Gougeon might want to think about meeting the member separately. In respect of money, we have committed to continuing a level of funding until spring 2021. I cannot commit to more than that for obvious reasons to do with budgets and...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (Climate Change) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The budget responds directly to the global climate emergency by proposing an ambitious package of measures to help to deliver our transition to being a greener and fairer nation. That has been recognised by Chris Stark, the chief executive of the United Kingdom Committee on Climate Change, who said that climate change is “taking centre stage in Scotland’s Budget”. We are investing more...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (Climate Change) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: It is true that local authorities and the rest of the public sector have a vital role to play in tackling the global climate emergency. That is why in the budget we have made significant commitments to supporting their efforts. Measures include the new £50 million heat networks early adopter challenge fund, which will allow local authorities to significantly expand, or instigate the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (Climate Change) (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I get a distinct sense that a pincer movement on Dumfries and Galloway has emerged in the past 24 hours. I am, of course, always happy to visit all parts of Scotland. If there are specific things that Finlay Carson wishes me to see or people he wishes me to speak to, we will do our best to fit that into my diary.

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: The Scottish Government has met representatives of small brewers to discuss deposit return on two occasions, and that engagement is on-going, with a further meeting scheduled to take place on Friday this week. I also plan to meet representatives of the sector in the near future. A number of retail and brewing trade bodies also participate in the various working groups that have been formed to...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I absolutely agree. We are keen to ensure that the scheme works well for small and specialist producers as well as for retailers. That is very important. Proposals that we are considering very carefully have been made by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. We are committed to working with industry, including small businesses, on implementation of the DRS. We are looking...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: That issue has been discussed. I make it clear to members that the scheme administrator, when it is up and running, will consider the potential for what we might call fraud in such instances. The issue is on the radar: we understand that there are difficulties in some respects. A variety of schemes that are in operation across Europe work on both sides of a border. The problems are not...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (11 Mar 2020)

Roseanna Cunningham: I will be laying the final regulations very soon, at which point all questions will be answered.


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