Climate Change Plan Update

– in the Scottish Parliament on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Angus MacDonald Angus MacDonald Scottish National Party

I am sure that the First Minister will agree that the climate change plan update that was published yesterday and discussed earlier is an extremely ambitious action plan. It is clear that Scotland is doing everything that it can, but we are inevitably held back by the limits of devolution. What action does the United Kingdom Government need to take now to ensure that Scotland is not held back from meeting our world-leading target and ending our contribution to climate change?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

The climate change plan and the ambitions in it are world leading, as I have said already, but it is our responsibility—all of us, across the Parliament—to make sure that we are taking the actions to meet the targets in that plan. There are, of course, some powers that do not lie with us. They remain reserved to the UK Government and, therefore, we need to work with the UK Government and look to it to also take action on a number of areas. Those would include, for example, reforming the contract for difference arrangements to support wave and tidal generation and local supply chains; supporting new technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen; and decarbonising the gas grid. The Scottish Government cannot do those things on its own and we rely on the UK Government also living up to its obligations. We hope very much that it will do exactly that.