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POLL: 72% OF SCOTS BACK INVESTMENT IN PROJECTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS

 

+ Calls for Scotland to invest more in public transport and warmer homes

 

Scottish Ministers should invest more and support green technologies said campaigners today (Monday 30 July). [1]

 

The call by WWF Scotland comes as the group published opinion polling data revealing that 72 per cent of the Scottish public think the Scottish Government should “invest in projects that reduce emissions, like public transport and affordable heat networks, to create a low carbon Scotland”.

 

The opinion polling data follows the recent publication of a report by the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission which showed that consumers can have low carbon energy at no extra cost by 2050. [2]

 

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said:

 

“It’s fantastic to see that the majority of the Scottish public support greater investment in green technologies that will reduce our emissions, such as public transport and making our homes warmer and healthier. We know these can be delivered affordably and with huge knock-on benefits for citizens.

 

“These results are just the latest example of why MSPs from across the political spectrum should support stretching targets in the new Climate Change Bill which would eliminate our contribution to climate change by 2050.  Embracing such a vision would ensure that we secure the maximum economic and social benefits from the clean energy transition.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

[1] The survey of 1,000 people living in Scotland was conducted by nfpSynergy on behalf of WWF Scotland in May 2018.

 

 

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither Agree nor Disagree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I think the Scottish Government should invest in projects that reduce emissions, like public transport and affordable heat networks, to create a low carbon Scotland

25%

 

 

 

 

 

46%

23%

3%

2%

Strongly Agree & Agree total = 72%

 

Disagree & Strongly Disagree total = 5%

*numbers do not add up to 100% due to rounding of individual figures.

 

[2] National Infrastructure Commission

National Infrastructure Assessment

https://www.nic.org.uk/assessment/national-infrastructure-assessment/