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06 February 2020

SCOTTISH DRAFT BUDGET – WWF Scotland comment

Responding to the draft Scottish Budget announced in the Scottish Parliament today (Thurs 6 Feb), Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said:

“This draft budget clearly steps up funding to tackle the climate crisis. The increase in investment will help to reduce emissions and soak up more carbon, create new jobs and cleaner air.  

“It's welcome to see additional investment in heat networks, sustainable transport, as well as support for farmers to reduce emissions, and significant new investment in peatlands – our natural ally in the fight against climate change. 

“While some additional funding for energy efficiency is a move in the right direction, this falls short of the transformational funding needed to tackle our leaky homes, cut fuel poverty and put Scotland at the forefront of the transition to high performing, green homes. We want to see this prioritised for additional funding. 

“It’s fantastic to see long-term, substantial investment in restoring peatlands – a precious global carbon store and a vitally important habitat. The commitments made for peatlands are of the scale and ambition we really need to see matched for the wider nature emergency.

“We look forward to examining the detail of the budget and engaging with government and parliament accordingly.”

Notes to Editors

[1] The Scottish Budget

https://www.gov.scot/news/scottish-budget-2020-21/

 

 

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