Changeworks has welcomed the Scottish Government’s focus on tackling the climate emergency in the new Programme for Government.

The Climate Emergency Response Group, of which Changeworks is a member, proposed a 12-point plan for action that the Government could adopt, and this plan is a central part of the Programme for Government released yesterday.

The plan included mobilising the £11 billion of annual public procurement to support the response to the climate emergency, an agriculture modernisation fund, four new Green City Region Deals, and dedicating the new Scottish Investment Bank to tackling the climate emergency. These are just a few of the actions that have been adopted by the Scottish Government in the Programme.

Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks said:

“We are delighted that the Government has embraced the proposals from the Climate Emergency Response Group so readily, and made them a central part of the Programme for Government.

“The climate emergency is the gravest challenge facing us all, including the Scottish Government, and it is right that taking action to tackle it is central to the Government’s priorities for the coming year.

“We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and partners from the Climate Emergency Response Group, and across Scotland, to take forward these practical proposals over the next 12 months.”

The Climate Emergency Response Group brings together leaders and influencers from across different sectors in Scotland, spanning private, public sector, third sector, delivery organisations and membership bodies. The group’s members welcome the First Minister’s commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland by 2045, and want to support the action that requires.

The full report of the Climate Emergency Response Group, setting out the details of how to implement each of the 12-point plan, is available online.