Green Recovery (Covid-19)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th March 2021.

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Photo of Fulton MacGregor Fulton MacGregor Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland has a green recovery as it moves out of the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-05096)

Photo of Ben Macpherson Ben Macpherson Scottish National Party

As Scotland moves out of the pandemic, we are committed to rebuilding in a way that delivers a greener, fairer and more equal society, and which helps us to meet our world-leading climate targets. A green recovery is at the heart of our programme for government, and our climate change plan update, with more than 100 new policies, will help us to secure a just transition to net zero. That is supported by the £2 billion low-carbon fund, a record £1.9 billion low-carbon spend in this year’s budget, and more than £8 billion in our five-year infrastructure investment plan to decarbonise across sectors while creating good green jobs.

Photo of Fulton MacGregor Fulton MacGregor Scottish National Party

Despite the delay to the UK budget, I was pleased to see the Scottish Government prioritising a green recovery in its budget. With the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—taking place in Glasgow this year, can the minister set out what the Scottish Government is doing to encourage other countries to adopt Scotland’s ambitious approach to a net zero transition?

Photo of Ben Macpherson Ben Macpherson Scottish National Party

One of our key objectives for COP26 is to support an ambitious global deal to tackle climate change in a way that is fair and will enable a just transition at home and abroad. This week, we have announced an international net zero futures initiative, in partnership with the Under2 Coalition and Bloomberg Philanthropies, to strengthen state and regional leadership ahead of COP26. Through that initiative, we will create a unique and dedicated space for state and regional Governments to foster peer learning, to share technical expertise, and to learn from examples of good practice on setting net zero targets and pathways to achieve them.

We will also publish Scotland’s contribution to the Paris agreement, which is an indicative nationally determined contribution, ahead of COP26. That document will focus on the fact that Scotland has already set world-leading climate targets, and it will summarise our plans to reduce emissions and to adapt to climate change in a just way.