Programme for Government – Climate Emergency Response Group comment

The Climate Emergency Response Group, a group of civic and business leaders, welcomed the Scottish Government’s response to the climate emergency as outlined in the Programme for Government which is published today [1].

Speaking for the group, Mike Thornton, Group Director of Operations, Energy Saving Trust said:

“We welcome and are heartened by the broad package of measures in response to the climate emergency which were announced today in the Programme for Government. These are the bold and transformational policies, spanning sectors from transport, agriculture, buildings to procurement, that are needed to show we are serious about addressing the climate emergency. An emergency requires an emergency response.”

Last month the Climate Emergency Response Group published a 12- point plan [2] of the key actions that the Scottish Government needs to implement now, if we’re to avoid breaching 1.5oC of warming, which would mean disaster for people and nature in Scotland and around the world [3].

The Climate Emergency Group brings together leaders and influencers from across different sectors in Scotland, spanning private, public sector, third sector, delivery organisations and membership bodies.

The group stands ready to support the government’s efforts and will continue to engage in discussions on developing and taking forward these actions.

Notes to Editors
[1] Programme for Government
[2] 12 immediate actions for Scotland’s climate emergency response
[3] IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees

Further information or for interview requests:

Elizabeth Leighton, Secretariat, Climate Emergency Response Group

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