Scottish public ‘call for strong climate policies’

The Scottish public is increasingly calling for strong policies in the Climate Change Bill to help cut emissions and become more sustainable. That’s according to a new survey conducted by […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Scottish public is increasingly calling for strong policies in the Climate Change Bill to help cut emissions and become more sustainable.

That’s according to a new survey conducted by WWF Scotland, which suggests more than three-quarters of the public think the government should invest more in improving the energy efficiency of homes across the country, up from 67% last year.

Around 68% of people want to see higher investments to reduce emissions, like cleaner public transport and low carbon heat networks. Again, this is significantly up from 2016, when the figure was at 59%.

With regards to whether more electricity should be generated from renewable resources, 71% said yes, up from 61% the year previously.

The WWF said the results should encourage the Scottish Government to use the forthcoming Climate Change Bill to implement the policies and investments the public want to see happen.

Sarah Beattie-Smith, Climate and Energy Policy Officer at WWF Scotland, said: “We believe the forthcoming Climate Change Bill is can help to create jobs, improve public health and reduce poverty at home, whilst also ensuring Scotland plays its part in helping the poorest people in the world cope with the effects of climate change.

“These survey results should give politicians of all parties the confidence to be ambitious and take the steps needed to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous society.”

Scotland’s ‘island renewables’ are expected to play a significant role in the future of the nation’s energy market.