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01 September 2020

Responding to today’s Scottish Programme for Government [1], Fabrice Leveque, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said:

“There were some welcome steps announced by the First Minister to help Scotland’s green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.  The increase in funding to make our homes more energy efficient, investment in walking and cycling and a focus on green skills, will all help rebuild the economy and bring wider benefits like cleaner air and improved health to the people of Scotland.

“The First Minister rightly recognises that we are facing climate and nature emergencies. Whilst an increase to tree planting is welcome there is little to build on last year’s good commitments to accelerate emissions cuts through land use and the step change required to restore nature.

“The recent storms that hit Scotland have highlighted the potential costs of failing to act with urgency, and it is vital that the Scottish Government now turns its plans quickly to reality.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government Programme for Government