Results 1–20 of 541 for speaker:Lorna Slater

Scottish Parliament: Job Creation (Chapelcross) (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: Through the Borderlands inclusive growth deal, the Scottish Government has committed £7.5 million to unlock the potential of the former nuclear site at Chapelcross. That investment will deliver a strategic investment site for low-carbon energy generation and energy-efficient businesses. The project is part of the Borderlands plan to create high-value jobs that support low-carbon energy...

Scottish Parliament: Job Creation (Chapelcross) (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I thank the member very much for his and his colleagues’ work on that. Yes—absolutely—I am happy to meet him and his colleagues. The Minister for Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work is also content to meet, so I ask the member to please contact her office to make arrangements.

Scottish Parliament: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: The Scottish Government’s position on traditional fission nuclear energy is clear: we do not support the building of any new nuclear power stations in Scotland using current technologies. Small modular reactors use the same method of electricity generation as traditional nuclear fission. That causes the same environmental concerns as traditional nuclear power plants. SMRs still create...

Scottish Parliament: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I can justify opposition to that particular type of energy because we do not agree with the United Kingdom Government that nuclear energy is environmentally sustainable. As I have previously stated, it is not required in Scotland. Our draft energy strategy sets out that the capacity for renewable generation in Scotland could mean that Scotland’s annual electricity capacity generation will...

Scottish Parliament: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: New nuclear is expensive, and those costs will impact consumer bills. Under the contract for difference that the United Kingdom Government awarded to Hinkley Point C, the electricity that it generates will be priced at £92.50 per megawatt hour, at 2012 prices. That is significantly higher than the administrative strike prices for solar and onshore and offshore wind that were set in the March...

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: Scotland is not on track to meet its target, due to an increase in food waste levels, which has been observed across the United Kingdom. To accelerate progress towards our 50 per cent reduction target in 2030, the Scottish Government has committed to resetting its approach. As proposed in the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill, our refreshed approach will include the mandatory public reporting...

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: The member is right about the challenge of meeting the existing targets, which is why we are resetting our approach through the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill and our waste route map, both of which have significant measures in them to improve our reuse and our recycling, and to help us to meet the targets that we need to meet to achieve net zero for Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I share the member’s concerns. Although the model is imperfect and might have an impact on food imports from the EU and on food waste because of Brexit, we must introduce import controls to deliver biosecurity protections for Scotland. We have repeatedly called for the UK Government to sign a veterinary agreement with the EU, which would remove many of those barriers. We will actively...

Scottish Parliament: Food Waste Reduction Target (27 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: The member is absolutely right. I know that he volunteers and is very active in this area. During a cost of living crisis, waste food costs a four-person family around £1,000 a year. For people who are unable to access food, organisations such as FareShare, which share out surplus food, are vital. Since 2021, the Scottish Government has provided around £1.4 million of funding to FareShare,...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I am delighted to open the debate on the bill. I thank the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee for its stage 1 report, and the Finance and Public Administration Committee and the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee for their consideration of the bill. I was encouraged to hear so many stakeholders speak to the benefits of a circular economy when they gave evidence. Some rightly...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: The member rightly brings attention to some of the challenges that we face with meeting historical targets in this area. That is exactly why the bill needs to be brought forward—so that we can set a new course. That means setting targets, as we will be empowered to do by the bill, as well as taking the constructive actions that we need to take to meet those targets. Legislation is, of...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I am grateful to the member for raising that very good point. I have committed to co-design with local authorities of how we move forward with implementing a more standardised service. That will require some investment funding. Funding will also come from extended producer responsibility for packaging, which I just mentioned, through which local authorities will be funded to deliver and...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I will take one more.

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: It has indeed. As I just said in response to Alex Rowley, I am absolutely aware that investment will be needed in order to do that. We are looking at other sources of funding to support local authorities to get the best profit from their recyclate, as well as using the extended producer responsibility funding to implement efficient and effective services. I am listening to COSLA’s concerns....

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I remind the member, although I am sure that he knows, that Glasgow City Council has recently received the largest tranche of recycling improvement fund money that has been given out to date.

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I want to clarify a point to ensure that the member has not misunderstood me. The provision for fining local authorities, which is the Welsh approach, is the provision that I have been discussing with COSLA and not the provision that the member has just referenced. Currently, the bill takes a criminal approach if people do not desist from contaminating recycling once they have received a...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: I flag to Monica Lennon, and to the chamber, that I recently received a copy of a letter from the British Retail Consortium to my colleague Steve Barclay in London, asking for mandatory food waste reporting to help to measure and to judge food waste, based on the understanding that food waste contributes 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. I assume that Monica Lennon welcomes the...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Lorna Slater: To be clear, it is already a crime not to desist from contaminating recycling if one has been issued a notice. The bill does not create a new criminal offence; what it does is give a more proportionate and milder enforcement option for councils, should they wish to use it.


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