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6 August 2020 | Scotland’s Future




The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee is undertaking an inquiry into a Green Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Our response to the Committee’s call for evidence – building on our Clean Growth Leadership Group’s recent report – sets out the key policies, actions and immediate priorities which our members believe can deliver a green recovery.

We’re calling for:

  • Green Stimulus for an investment-led recovery, with large-scale nationwide investment in buildings retrofit and energy efficiency; heat pumps; low- and zero-carbon transport infrastructure; nature-based solutions; and digital connectivity.
  • Green Reskilling and Upskilling Fund to employers access essential green skills and to help laid-off workers (especially young people) transition into new green jobs.
  • Green Town/City Plans to transform the topography and connectivity of Scotland’s towns and cities, supporting active travel, helping businesses reopen and creating more green spaces.
  • New ‘net-zero presumption in favour’ of development to accelerate projects which are essential to achieving net-zero (e.g. new active travel routes, onshore wind farms, pumped storage hydro, sustainable housing).
  • Reformed public procurement approaches based on more local and sustainable supply chains (e.g. Community Wealth Building).
  • Net-zero conditionality on support packages, rescue or bailout agreements for struggling businesses or sectors.

You can download our full response, as well as our Building Scotland’s Green Recovery report, below.