Results 1–20 of 160 for speaker:Lorna Slater

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Bracken Control (Asulox) (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: An emergency authorisation for the use of the herbicide product Asulox for bracken control has been submitted for 2022. The Health and Safety Executive is considering the application on behalf of all the United Kingdom Administrations, and that process is on-going. I have spoken to stakeholders directly over the past week, and I understand the difficulties that are associated with bracken...

Scottish Parliament: Bracken Control (Asulox) (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: I would be very happy to meet the member to discuss this important issue, and I understand the concerns that he and his constituents are raising. I reassure him that in considering the emergency application for the use of Asulox, I have sought out views from stakeholders, including those who currently use Asulox for bracken control. Last week, I met NFU Scotland, NatureScot, Scottish Forestry...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: Finding better ways to manage the waste that our society is creating, and ways to reduce its total amount, are a key part of moving towards our vision for Scotland’s circular economy and of tackling the twin climate and biodiversity crises. Delivering that vision requires radical action over the next decade. This is an exciting time, as we accelerate our move towards a zero-waste circular...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: I feel that Maurice Golden has not understood what is being announced today. Last year, the Scottish Greens made a manifesto commitment to oppose the construction of new incinerators, and we have delivered on that—and more. As I have set out, we are fully implementing the recommendations of the independent review that I commissioned, which includes there being no further planning permission...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: We have launched a consultation into the development of a route map, which sets out our proposal to reduce residual waste. That is a position that we all want to get to. In order to manage the potential risk of overcapacity in the system, we will work within existing statutory and other frameworks that set out clearly that the Scottish Government does not, with very limited exceptions,...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: The member’s description of incineration as “transitional technology” is quite right. Dr Church’s review makes it clear that incineration has a role to play in treating Scotland’s unavoidable unrecyclable municipal waste. However, that role is limited and we will, as we move to a circular economy, need significantly less residual waste treatment capacity. Dr Church’s report also...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: I thank the member for his interest in the matter. On 30 May, we launched our proposals to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises in Scotland by supporting our transition to zero waste and a circular economy. Those two consultations will help us in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises by preserving precious resources and cutting our waste. Together, the consultations set out key...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: We fully support the development of domestic and business heat networks. Dr Church concluded that promoting combined heat and power could play a role in decarbonising incineration facilities. We are providing £300 million, via Scotland’s heat network fund, to develop heat networks, which could, if they are well located, utilise waste heat.

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: The member will know that I cannot comment on the merits of any particular proposed development. [ Interruption .] I am not allowed to comment on any particular development; that is against the rules. I know that many members on the Labour benches will feel frustrated as they watch from the sidelines as Greens in government take real, determined action to deliver a greener Scotland, but for...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: —we are fully implementing the recommendations that were made in the independent review that I commissioned, which includes granting no further planning permission for incineration facilities, and setting an indicative cap.

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: I thank the member for that question. When considering solutions, the review made it clear that any short-term risks of undercapacity needed to be balanced with the long-term risks of overcapacity. The review also made it clear that incineration is not the only option for managing residual waste in the short term, and that the combined capacity of the facilities that are currently operating,...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: Of course, the member will know that I cannot comment on any particular planning application. In considering the evidence, which included a rapid evidence review that was conducted by Public Health Scotland, the review found that all forms of residual waste treatment pose risks to human health and the environment, so all need to be properly regulated in order to manage those risks. The review...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: I thank the member for that question, and for the huge amount of campaigning and effort that he has put into the issue for many years. Dr Church’s review makes it clear that the best form of residual waste treatment is preventing waste from occurring in the first place. Right now, we are supporting local authorities to reduce the amount of residual waste that they produce—for example,...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: We are also working closely with local authorities to support those that do not currently have solutions for the forthcoming ban on landfilling biodegradable and municipal waste.

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: As the member will know, we have launched a consultation on the delivery of our route map, which aims to reduce the amount of waste that we need. Through that proposal, we will consider a strategic approach for residual waste infrastructure and how local authorities interact with that to implement necessary residual waste handling. We will ensure that we take opportunities to embed a...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: The member is correct that we intend to stay aligned, where possible, with EU law. I am happy to write to him with specific details on that point.

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: We are providing grant funding through our low-carbon infrastructure transition programme to help develop a heat network that will distribute heat that is produced from the energy from waste plant to provide affordable warmth to consumers in the Torry area of Aberdeen. Phase 1 is currently being constructed, and the Scottish Government will work closely with Aberdeen City Council as the...

Scottish Parliament: Role of Incineration in Waste Hierarchy (16 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: Again, I feel that the member has not understood the situation that we are in today. The notification direction will remain in place. That means that local authorities will not be able to grant consent unless ministers have first given their authority to do so. I remind the member that a similar notification direction was used previously and successfully to give the effect of a moratorium on...

Scottish Parliament: Green Economy (Alignment of Education System) (9 Jun 2022)

Lorna Slater: The Scottish Government is committed to a just transition to net zero. Building on action to date, including the publication of the climate emergency skills action plan, the national strategy for economic transformation sets out our commitment and approach to adapting the education and skills system to make it more agile and responsive to our economic needs and ambitions, including our net...


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