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Response to new UK emissions target

4th December 2020

Commenting on today’s announcement from the UK Government that, as part of their nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, they are targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030, Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The news that the UK Government is targeting a 68% cut in emissions by 2030 is welcome…

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Update on Environmental Standards Scotland

4th December 2020

Chair and members put forward for appointment. The Scottish Government has today announced its intention to recommend the former Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Jim Martin, as Chair of Scotland’s new environmental body, Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS). It is proposed that the Chair will be supported by four other members with experience of the environment sector…

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In conversation: Natural Environment Minister Marie Gougeon discusses the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

26th November 2020

We spoke to Marie Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, about the Scottish Government’s recently published Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy.                                                                                      …

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Countdown to Glasgow COP26 begins

9th November 2020

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said the next year will be a “critical time” for international climate action, as Glasgow prepares to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021. With one year to go until Scotland’s largest city welcomes world leaders and delegates at COP26, Ms Cunningham said the summit presented an…

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Compensate farmers for Brexit losses

10th July 2020

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing is calling for sheep farmers to be compensated for their losses if the UK Government fails to secure a comprehensive trade deal with the EU this year. Given the additional disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mr Ewing is repeating his call for a compensation scheme for farmers. A…

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Letter on distillery co-products

3rd June 2020

The bioenergy, agriculture and Scotch Whisky sectors are being consulted on how to ensure a fairer market for distillery co-products used in livestock feed in Scotland. Distillery co-products are an important source of protein and fibre when used for livestock feed, but the amount used in Scotland has decreased in recent years as prices have…

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In the news: Land use report

23rd January 2020

You may have seen coverage in the media around the UK Committee on Climate Change’s latest report into Land Use.

The report states that land use must change to meet the UK’s net zero target. Although it is possible to reduce the emission of Greenhouse Gases in ways that are consistent with other strategic priorities for land – such as food production and biodiversity – the current UK & Devolved Administration policy frameworks for food production, forestry, and environment will not achieve the net zero target and must change significantly.

The Scottish Government’s response is below.

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In the news: Beach clean

28th November 2019

You may have seen in the media today (Guardian, BBC) that the Marine Conservation Society has released the results of its most recent Great British Beach Clean.

In Scotland, the results show it was another record-breaking year, with more beach cleans taking place and more volunteers getting involved than ever before. The survey found that 7,669 kg of litter was removed from the Scottish coastline as a result of their efforts.

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Animals and animal products after Brexit

17th October 2019

Scotland does not want to leave the EU but there is a strong risk that we may end up leaving without a deal in place on 31st October 2019.

While the Scottish Government is doing as much as it can to mitigate the impact of leaving the EU, we will not be able to prevent or address every impact.

Leaving the EU will mean things we are used to happening, or which we agreed to as part of a Member State, will no longer stand.

This note sets out what you need to do what you need to do to ensure you can continue to transport live animals into and out of the EU after Brexit.

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Plant and plant products after Brexit

16th October 2019

Scotland does not want to leave the EU but there is a strong risk that we may end up leaving without a deal in place on 31st October 2019.

While the Scottish Government is doing as much as it can to mitigate the impact of leaving the EU, we cannot mitigate for every impact.

Leaving the EU will mean things we currently take for granted, or which we agreed to as part of a Member State, will no longer stand.

This note sets out what you need to do to ensure you can continue to import/export plant and plant products to and from the EU after Brexit.

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