14 February 2020
The First Minister has underlined Scotland’s commitment to leading the response to the climate emergency at the Green Alliance ‘Countdown to COP26’ Conference in London.
"We have a duty to make it a success for the UK as a whole …and for the planet."
— Green Alliance (@GreenAllianceUK) February 12, 2020
Scotland’s Climate Change Act commits the country to becoming a net-zero society by 2045, five years before the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Budget also provides funding to accelerate transition to a net-zero economy, including a £1.8 billion investment in low carbon infrastructure, and more than £500 million to increase efforts responding to the global climate emergency.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
The journey to becoming a net-zero society is one we must all make together in a fair and just way.
“Reducing emissions to the extent and at the pace required will bring significant change to our economy and society. I am mindful of the opportunities this presents, and the risks.
“This is why I believe events such as COP26 are so important. The summit will be an opportunity for countries to find consensus on how we all, collectively, tackle the climate crisis.
“We realise that creating and facing such change is a truly shared endeavour. The Scottish Government will continue to engage with public bodies, businesses, communities and individuals at every opportunity about the challenge we all face.
“In recent days we have once again underlined our absolute commitment to respond to the emergency of climate change – I challenge the UK Government to set out significant steps of its own in its forthcoming Budget.”
While in London the First Minister also undertook a briefing with the Foreign Press Association to a packed international audience.
— Foreign Press Association (@FPALondon) February 11, 2020