Rural and Environment
This week: 10/05/19
Deposit Return Scheme
Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced Scotland’s new Deposit Return Scheme.
The scheme will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with a 20p deposit as part of plans to combat climate change.
The ambitious scheme is based on successful international equivalents and will be widely accessible, with all shops which sell drinks offering deposit refunds to customers.
South of Scotland Enterprise bill: Stage two
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing gave evidence in parliament on the South of Scotland Enterprise, which aims to drive inclusive growth across the South of Scotland, with a focus on supporting a diverse and resilient economy, sustaining and growing communities and driving skills development.
Sea fisheries statistics
The latest sea fisheries figures show that in 2018, Scottish-registered fishing vessels landed 445 thousand tonnes of sea fish and shellfish with a value of £572 million, representing a decrease of 20 thousand tonnes(4%) and an increase of £12 million (no significant change in real terms from 2017).
There were 2,087 active Scottish registered fishing vessels in 2018, an increase of 1% from 2017, and the number of fishers working on these vessels was 4,857, which is 58 (1%) higher than in 2017 (4,799).
Farming for a Better Climate scheme
A new farmer-led initiative to drive low-carbon, environmentally sustainable farming practices in Scotland has been launched.
Under reforms to the Farming For a Better Climate (FFBC) programme, a new group will be established to trail and develop ideas on farms which could provide practical, innovative solutions to help climate change mitigation.