Climate change

We must protect Scotland’s natural environment and fight climate change with a sensible transition to net zero.

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The SNP have set ambitious climate targets yet have repeatedly failed to achieve them. The Scottish Conservatives believe in a practical response to climate change, one that delivers on reducing emissions while protecting livelihoods.

The UK Government is hosting the global COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We need to use this opportunity to demonstrate that the UK Government is a world leader in combating climate change and that Scotland plays a key role in that effort. At the same time there is more action that the Scottish Government can take to ensure we meet our goals.

We support bringing forward a Circular Economy Bill. This Bill would set targets for reducing raw material usage, and the establishment of a Circular Economy Awards Scheme to recognise innovation in reuse and waste reduction.

A fifth of all our emissions come from heating homes and buildings. That is why the Scottish Conservatives support investing £2.5 billion over this parliament into helping people to renovate their homes to make them more energy efficient.

Our natural environment is one of Scotland’s greatest assets. Yet 1 in 9 species are threatened with extinction. We support the introduction of an ambitious Nature Bill to strengthen environmental protections on land and sea. We would also increase tree planting and peatland restoration, in line with the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee, create Scotland’s first new national park in two decades and increase protections for green belts. 

Animal welfare must be improved. During this term, we will continue working across party lines to strengthen protections for animals through an Animal Welfare Bill and support the ban of electric shock collars on dogs.

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