Environment

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of Nora Radcliffe Nora Radcliffe Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-32781

To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance will require local authorities and consultants to always consider the impact on carbon dioxide emissions and the Scottish contribution to the UK targets under the Kyoto protocol when evaluating transport proposals and what weighting will be given to these issues.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

The Kyoto target for the reduction in greenhouse gases is contained within the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and practitioners are required to calculate the change in emissions of CO 2 for all projects appraised.

STAG does not prescribe weightings to the five criteria (environment, safety, economy, integration and accessibility) against which transport proposals are appraised. The relative weight given to each criterion is for the decision-maker to decide in light of the specific objectives of each proposal.

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