The Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG), a group that Changeworks is a member of, has today called on the Scottish Government to use its upcoming budget to take transformative action to tackle the climate emergency.

The group has published estimates of the public spending commitment required to fund the 12 immediate actions proposed by CERG last year. The proposed figures provide an indication of the scale of public spending needed to kick-start projects, incentivise action, level the playing field, lever in private investment, and grow the low carbon market for jobs and manufacturing and ensure a just transition to net zero by 2045. 

Teresa Bray, chief executive, Changeworks said: 

"The Scottish Government has a prime opportunity to kickstart Scotland's transition to net zero, and take decisive action against the climate emergency that threatens our world. The targets set out in the Programme for Government are ambitious and admirable, and those targets must be backed up with hard work and funding to achieve the goals set for our country. CERG stands ready to assist the Scottish Government in any way we can, but politicians have to lead the way with the investment needed to fund this plan of action."

The budget briefing focuses on five of the twelve proposed actions:

  • Agriculture – A £100m Agricultural Transformation Fund for land use skills training, net-zero farm tool and business fund to purchase latest low carbon farming technologies
  • Green Growth Accelerator projects – Support innovative co-funding arrangements involving local authorities, Scottish Government and the private sector to finance the essential place-based, multi-stranded infrastructure projects that will enable Scotland’s transition to net-zero.
  • Zero emissions cities – funding to support Scotland’s city centres to be vehicle emission free by 2030 through investment in public transport, walking, cycling, and electric mobility. This funding will create more liveable and healthy cities and will also support the same transition throughout Scotland.
  • Building retrofit – public investment to increase pace and scale of energy efficiency improvements to buildings, which offer the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and reduce demand for heat.
  • Heat pump sector deal – funding to provide clear long-term market signals for the accelerated installation of heat pumps and complementary technologies to reduce heat demand and increase its flexibility, creating and sustaining manufacturing and installation businesses.

These five actions require substantial capital and revenue commitments in order to be realised. 

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. 

Find out more about the group and its proposals for climate action.