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15 December 2022

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Scottish Government Budget - WWF Scotland comment

Commenting on the Scottish Government's draft budget published today, [1] Fabrice Leveque, Climate and Energy Lead of WWF Scotland said:

“It’s good that one of the Deputy First Minister’s priorities for this budget is achieving our net zero ambitions. However, it doesn’t go far enough. Scotland’s climate targets have the potential to create jobs, develop new industries and improve health, all whilst restoring our environment. At a time of economic constraint, all public spending must bring down emissions and build an economy and country that’s fair for all and fit for the future.

“We welcome the commitment to continued investment in sustainable agriculture. There must now be action to ensure that all spending on this sector is more effective, using the forthcoming Agriculture Bill to create a system that delivers for nature and our climate, whilst also delivering a just transition for those working in it.

“Spending on energy efficiency and greener heating is an essential step to tackle both the climate and energy crises that we face. It's crucial that the full budget for greening home heating is spent over the coming years to make sure that as many homes as possible benefit.”

Notes to Editors


[1] Scottish Government draft budget

[2] Climate Change Committee Report