The SNP government has announced a new environmental protection target, which is “dangerous” to businesses and is a “complete waste of time and money”, Environment Secretary Keith Brown said.
In a speech in Edinburgh on Thursday, Mr Brown said Scotland’s new target, introduced in 2017, would “force Scotland to abandon our current approach to protecting the environment and to return to the days of old”.
Mr Brown was speaking as part of the Climate Change Minister’s Climate Change and Energy Ministers’ Conference in Edinburgh, and is also a member of the UK Government’s Climate Commission.
“It will see Scotland’s environmental protection targets and its plans to tackle climate change thrown out the window,” he said.
“Instead of working to achieve the new targets, Scotland will continue to rely on outdated, ineffective, and expensive schemes.”
“We have now announced that we are going to give businesses and businesses-led organisations the tools they need to do their bit to protect Scotland’s environment and our climate,” he added.
He also said the Scottish Government would seek to “immediately” implement new measures to “help reduce the damage from climate change”. “
We are also going to change the way we pay for climate change, and that means a new tax system, which will give people more control over their own taxes.”
He also said the Scottish Government would seek to “immediately” implement new measures to “help reduce the damage from climate change”.
“The UK government has already announced a £1bn fund to fund renewable energy across the country and we will now work to make sure that our new fund also includes measures to support businesses and communities to protect their environment and their people from climate-related impacts,” he told delegates.
“But this is just the start.
We want to get the message out there that we will make sure we do our part to protect our environment, and to make the UK the greenest country in the world.”
‘A complete waste of effort’ Scotland’s target is “unnecessarily harsh”, Mr Brown warned.
“The climate is changing, but we’re not getting on with it,” he stated.
He said he was “furious” at the “inherently unfair” approach, arguing that Scotland was in a position to make a difference to the global climate. “
That means we need new policies, new measures, and an end to the old approaches.”
He said he was “furious” at the “inherently unfair” approach, arguing that Scotland was in a position to make a difference to the global climate.
“Scottish government should be leading the way, we should be a leader in this climate change fight, we are the only carbon neutral country in Europe, and the UK is the only major country that is building a sustainable economy on clean energy,” he argued.
“Scotland can help build the next generation of leaders in climate change policy, with an ambition to be the world leader in climate action and renewable energy.”