Written 19 posts

Staying safe in the countryside

3rd July 2020

By Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham For some of us, the easing of travel restrictions announced by the First Minister yesterday means we can go that little bit further from our homes this weekend (though if the forecast’s anything to go by, it won’t be an opportunity to top up the tan). It also means that…

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UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

1st June 2020

Commenting on the announcement of a UK-wide Emissions Trading Scheme, Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented global crisis which has fundamentally changed every aspect of our lives and the immediate focus for Government continues, rightly, to be on protecting lives and livelihoods. However, we also recognise…

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In the news: Circular Economy Bill

21st January 2020

You may have seen in The Scotsman today an opinion piece from James MacKenzie regarding our proposals for a Circular Economy Bill. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “A thriving circular economy presents enormous economic and industrial opportunities for Scotland, as well as significant environmental benefits. For our journey towards becoming a net-zero society to be…

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In the news: mechanical dredging trials

11th December 2019

You may have seen in the news or on social media discussion about mechanical dredging trials. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “No mechanical dredging trials have been commissioned or are planned. The Seaweed review group has agreed for the need for a desk study to consider what any appropriate pilot study approach could be. However,…

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Building environmental diplomacy on a Chief Scientific Advisor’s research exchange

21st November 2019

By Professor Andrew Millar, Chief Scientific Advisor, Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture From the salt pans of the Atacama to a slice of the Antarctic, Chile stretches as far around the Earth’s latitude as any other country. Its striking diversity of life was what interested the biologists in our delegation from the University of Edinburgh,…

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In the news: Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

12th November 2019

You may have seen in the news today that the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee is taking evidence on Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We continue to make progress with plans to implement our ambitious Deposit Return Scheme as part of our response to the global climate emergency. “A…

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Supporting communities on our journey to net-zero

11th November 2019

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham Two weeks ago, our new Climate Change Bill received Royal Assent. We now have, in law, by far the most stringent climate legislation of any country in the world. Our journey to net-zero emissions will require different and more difficult choices than has been the case to date and it…

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In the news: global climate strikes

20th September 2019

You may have seen in the news today that a day of action is taking place across the world to raise awareness of the global climate emergency.  Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change. We have already almost halved greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 while growing the economy, increasing employment and productivity. Now…

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What are ‘heat networks’?

3rd September 2019

Every day more than 800 heat networks are supplying warmth and hot water to over 23,000 households in Scotland. This innovative and environmentally friendly way of supplying heat involves a distribution system of insulated pipes that carry hot water or steam from a central source and deliver it to homes and businesses. Networks can vary…

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Listening to and acting on the scientific evidence

1st May 2019

By Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham The Scottish Government has declared a climate emergency. In recent weeks, the next generation has expressed, in growing numbers and with eloquence, sincerity and passion, their heartfelt concern for the planet they will inherit. Just last week, teenage activist Greta Thunberg accused the UK Government of not listening to…

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