Scottish Government pledges £60 million to maintain its confirmed UK and European lead in low-carbon innovation but BBC Scotland News reports unsubstantiated rumours that ‘Budget cuts ‘could damage Scotland’s climate change ambitions’’


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As Scotland accelerates toward 100% electricity production by renewables well ahead of its current 50% target for 2030, the Scottish Government has pledged an additional £60 million to low-carbon innovation.

Scotland rushing toward 100% electricity supply from renewables by 2020

See this from Energy Voice yesterday:

‘The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) will fund large-scale projects which support the ambitions of Scotland’s energy strategy, the Scottish Government said. Projects which deliver low carbon heating solutions, integrated energy systems, and ultra-low emission vehicle charging infrastructure will be able to apply for up to £100,000 to develop investment-ready business cases. Alternatively, financial support of up to 50% of the total capital value of a project up to a maximum of £10 million per project is available for capital-ready projects.’

This initiative further emphasises the Scottish government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases contrary to the self-loathing reaction of BBC Scotland back in January 2017:

Are Scotland’s emission cuts goals ambitious and world-leading as most suggest or too much of a ‘technofix’ as only Reporting Scotland finds?

Today, still looking for any negatives they can scrape up, BBC Scotland News reported:

‘The Scottish government said funding for climate change measures was rising by 20% this year to £558m. But the committee questioned whether that figure gives a full picture.’

For ‘the committee’ read Labour or Tory or Lib Dem MSP leaking selectively committee debate to feed their and BBC Scotland’s Unionist propaganda. No proper sources are revealed to protect the report from scrutiny.

As often before, a more objective view can be found outside of the Scottish Unionist media. See these earlier reports:

From Business Green on January 19 2017, see this:

‘Scotland already leads the UK and many of its European neighbours in terms of its greenhouse gas emission cuts, having exceeded its 2020 carbon reduction target six years early by slashing emissions 46 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2014.’

On the same day, the Guardian newspaper headlined and enthused with:

‘Scotland sets ambitious goal of 66% emissions cut within 15 years’

In one of the world’s most ambitious climate strategies, ministers in Edinburgh have unveiled far tougher targets to increase the use of ultra-low-carbon cars, green electricity and green home heating by 2032.’

3 thoughts on “Scottish Government pledges £60 million to maintain its confirmed UK and European lead in low-carbon innovation but BBC Scotland News reports unsubstantiated rumours that ‘Budget cuts ‘could damage Scotland’s climate change ambitions’’

  1. William Henderson January 24, 2018 / 9:52 am

    British Broadcasting Curmudgeons ???

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  2. Sam January 24, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Doesn’t matter how much money and effort the Scottish Government put into reducing carbon emissions it’s never enough for the Greens. Or the BBC.

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  3. Ludo Thierry January 24, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Hi John – just found this on the National website – this type of positive action would never, never have occurred even a few years back – This improved accountability is directly down to factors such as the establishment of the National and the continuing development of Scotland’s Citizens’ Journalism which permits a bit of scrutiny at last (of which your blog is an important element): (see below):

    Paul Sweeney, the Labour MP for Glasgow North East said: “It turns out that Mundell’s key adviser tasked with increasing awareness of devolution across government is none other than the interim chief executive of Carillion.

    “Given the shambolic handling of [Brexit legislation] last week, how does the Secretary of State think that’s going?”

    Mundell replied: “It is not correct to suggest that non-executive directors take policy decisions in relation to government departments.

    “Keith Cochrane has done an excellent job as a non-executive director of the Scotland Office and I pay tribute to him as one of Scotland’s most respected businessmen.

    “However, he has decided himself, in order not to become a distraction at a time of very important work for the Scotland Office, that he will step aside from his responsibilities until the investigation into Carillion and any subsequent enquiries are complete.”

    As recently as Saturday the UK Government had insisted: “Mr Cochrane continues in his role with the Scotland Office.”

    Cochrane is also an advisory council member of the pro-Union think tank These Islands.

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