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05 September 2023

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Programme for Government - WWF Scotland comment

Responding to the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the coming year [1], Lang Banks, Director of WWF Scotland said:

“The 2020s must be the decade of delivery on tackling the climate and nature emergencies, as the impacts of extreme weather are becoming ever more evident globally and in Scotland. At the same time people are struggling with the spiralling cost of living, which is driven by our dependence on fossil fuels and high costs of oil and gas. 

“The First Minister is right to say that acting too slowly on climate change is the more expensive choice – for workers, communities, and consumers. While there are some welcome commitments in this year’s Programme for Government, it’s disappointing to see further delays to key legislation including the Heat in Buildings Bill and the Natural Environment Bill.

“The big tests for the remainder of this Parliament will be on delivery of existing climate and nature commitments, and the level of ambition of forthcoming legislation, such as the Agriculture Bill. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to ensure we reach net zero in a way that works for nature and people.”

Notes to Editors

[1]  Programme for Government