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Statement on the Scottish Government’s Update to the Climate Change Plan (2018-2032) – SCDI  

We warmly welcome the publishing of the Scottish Government’s Update to its Climate Change Plan for 2018 to 2032 today.  

SCDI published our Manifesto for Clean Growth on the 3rd December. It sets our vision for Scotland to become a global leader in clean growth and highlights actions in seven key areas: Industry, Energy, Connectivity, Place, People, Finance and Nature for industry, governments and society to effect change.  

We are pleased to see a significant number of these recommendations reflected in the Scottish Government’s plans including: 

  • Bringing forward the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2030
  • Increased support for Clean Growth innovation across the energy sector, such as hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), through a new £180m Emerging Energy Technologies Fund and a new £5m Carbon Capture and Utilisation Challenge Fund
  • New regulations and support to build an internationally competitive domestic supply chain for the renewables sector, including new requirements for developers to include supply chain commitments when applying to the ScotWind leasing process run by Crown Estate Scotland
  • New incentives and support for all farmers and crofters to reverse biodiversity loss and increase sustainability through new environmental conditionality requirements, scaled-up Agricultural Transformation Programme and enhanced advice services 
  • A new and expanded energy efficiency and retrofit programme to replace Warmer Homes Scotland from 2022 
  • Greater support for green upskilling of public procurement personnel to better implement sustainable procurement duties and mobilise public spending for Net Zero
  • Exploring options to incentivise production and use of sustainable aviation fuel
  • Working with UK Government and other devolved administrations to agree and implement a UK Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Strengthen controls and protections for peatlands
  • Increase public investment, and develop new incentives to increase private investment, in peatland restoration and woodland creation  

The manifesto was a culmination of 6 months of research and consultation with a wideranging group of public, private and third sector partners in a shared mission to identify the economic opportunities a Net Zero future offers the Scottish economy. The report was overseen by a leadership group of 16 businesses and organisations including Shell, Scottish Power, NatureScot, North Ayrshire Council and Zero Waste Scotland.

“Our vision is for Scotland to be a world leader in Clean Growth, which delivers for people, for our economy and for our planet. To achieve that will require a significant collaborative effort across Scottish society, industry and government. Today’s plan is a positive step forward and we look forward to working with Scottish Government and our partners to further develop the proposals and to continue to work together to drive change at pace towards a clean growth future for Scotland 

Sara Thiam 

Chief Executive