Sturgeon promises new Climate Change Bill for Holyrood

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledge to forge ahead with a new Climate Change Bill and Energy Strategy as one of the key elements of her government’s legislative programme in this session at Holyrood.

A commitment to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by more than 50% by 2020 will underpin new legislation which sets out carbon infrastructure priorities, Sturgeon told parliament.

Energy efficiency has been identified as a national infrastructure priority and the proposed legislation is envisaged to not only meet climate change obligations but “provide investors with certainty and a clear sense of direction”.

Sturgeon also announced that a Warm Homes Bill would be introduced and that over the next three years more than £500 million of public funding would be spent on helping households and businesses achieve social, economic and environmental benefits.

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