Scotland eyes greener path
Government programme includes climate, planning and Crown Estate bills
Scotland has included a promised Climate Change Bill in its 2017 programme for government.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans in the legislation for the establishment of “more ambitious targets” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Bill will also "increase transparency, demonstrate our commitment to sustainable economic growth and signal to the international community that Scotland is the place to do low carbon business”.
A Climate Change Plan to be published in early 2018 will outline plans through the 2020s and early 2030s. The promised new energy strategy will be delivered before year-end.
Scottish ministers will also provide £100,000 to fund feasibility work into the new Acorn CCS scheme in Aberdeenshire.
Holyrood will also produce a Crown Estate Bill to govern post-devolution management of assets north of the border "to ensure Scotland’s local communities, authorities and industry can benefit from this major change.
A new Planning Bill will also be published based on the recent independent review of the planning system.
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