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Climate change won’t be tackled by wishful thinking

January 29, 2013 3:44 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has urgedJim HumeJim Hume the Scottish Government to show leadership in its efforts to meet emissions reductions targets. During a ministerial statement on the second report on Policies and Proposals, Mr Hume criticised the Scottish Government's policies to reduce carbon emissions in the housing sector.

The housing sector produces over a quarter of all carbon emissions in Scotland, yet the Scottish Government has made no firm commitment to introduce minimum standard for private sector housing before 2018.

Commenting after the ministerial statement on the 2nd Report on Policies and Proposals,

"Climate change won't be tackled by wishful thinking. The Scottish Government has the authority to ensure that all private sector housing meets minimum standards for heating efficiency before 2018. It could even do this sooner if it chose to show leadership and work with local authorities to create the draft regulations required.

"It's disappointing that a bill with so much ambition to tackle climate change has been met with the vaguest plans of action. Scottish Liberal Democrats want to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, which makes our homes more efficient and drives our energy bills down as a result.

"The SNP government has missed an opportunity to show leadership in its efforts to meet climate change targets. I will continue to urge the government to commit to minimum standards for all private sector housing before 2018."