Rural and Environment

  • Clean Air Day

    17th June 2021 by

    Short quote from Environment Minister welcoming Clean Air Day 2021.

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  • Just transition to Net Zero

    6th June 2021 by

    First person piece by Richard Lochhead on Scotland's journey to achieving net zero emissions

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Ben Macpherson – UN World Wildlife Day.  FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • Restoring our peatlands is a huge win for Scotland

    16th February 2021 by

    Writing in Scotland on Sunday, Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham discusses how peatland restoration can help in our global fight against climate change.  CARBON gold – not often words that spring to mind when thinking about Scotland’s boggy landscape. Yet that is exactly what our peatlands are – huge stores of carbon created...

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  • Working together to maximise the potential of our land.

    5th February 2021 by

    Regional Land Use Partnerships are being piloted to help develop Scotland’s approach to land use in support of our green recovery and transition to net-zero. The Partnerships will help national and local government, communities, land owners and stakeholders work together to find ways to optimise land use in a fair and inclusive way – meeting...

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  • Response to new UK emissions target

    4th December 2020 by

    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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  • Countdown to Glasgow COP26 begins

    9th November 2020 by

    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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  • Environment Secretary: ‘Global climate emergency has not gone away’

    7th October 2020 by

    Environment and Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham today responded to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) 2020 statutory Scottish Progress Report. She said: “While in recent months coronavirus (COVID-19) has rightly been the overwhelming focus of governments across the world, the global climate emergency has not gone away – far from it – and this...

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  • Launch of ScotWind

    11th June 2020 by

    An image of Roseanna Cunningham by a lake with hills in the background.

    Crown Estate Scotland has launched ScotWind, the first round of offshore wind leasing to be administered in Scotland.

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  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

    1st June 2020 by

    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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