Scottish Government Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead will today (30 April) set out the ‘green gains’ of Scottish independence in a major speech at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Lochhead will highlight how an independent Scotland can build on the environmental successes of devolution which include setting world-leading climate change targets and achieving the biggest fall in emissions in Western Europe.
Following the speech – which will add more detail to the ‘green gains’ included in the Scottish Government’s Independence White Paper, published in November 2013 – members of the public will have the opportunity to question both the Cabinet Secretary and Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Environment Minister.
The Independence White Paper laid out the following environmental priorities of an Independent Scotland:
- Seek to enshrine environmental protection in the written constitution
- Show international leadership in tackling climate change, and to
- Negotiate increased European funding for environmental protection.
Scotland is already a net exporter of electricity and, currently, more wave and tidal electricity generating turbines are being tested in Scots waters than in any other country in the world.