We need a practical public awareness campaign on climate change
- Reform Scotland calls for “the gap between rhetoric and reality” to close
- Think tank recommends practical steps including bringing forward the ban on gas boilers for new buildings, a ban on new gas cookers, and a move to road user charging
Reform Scotland, a public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity, opportunity for all, and more effective public services, has today released a report with policy recommendations aimed at reducing Scotland’s energy demands to help meet Net Zero.
In the briefing, the think tank argues that while Scotland excels in its use of renewables for electricity, our use of gas for heating, and oil for transport has been increasing, with the Scottish Government not going far enough, fast enough to reverse these trends.
The data showing this has been explored in full in the paper, which can be read below.
The report also highlights an additional 45 targets that the Scottish Government has set as part of its drive to Net Zero, originating from a number of different strategies and consultations, but which lack scrutiny and monitoring.
The Reform Scotland paper, written by Stuart Paton, energy industry advisor and former Chief Executive of Dana Petroleum, along with the think tank’s Research Director Alison Payne, argues that we too often blur the boundaries between electricity and energy creating a false impression that Scotland is powered entirely by renewables leading to a sense of complacency and lack of urgency.
They believe that this gap between rhetoric and reality needs to close by way of a new government education campaign which will help people to understand what they individually need to do to help the country reach Net Zero.
In addition to the public information campaign, the report’s recommendations include:
- Bringing forward the ban on gas heating in new buildings
- Banning the sale of new gas cookers in Scotland with immediate effect
- Abolishing road tax and vehicle excise duty and replacing them with pay-as-you-drive road pricing
- Amalgamating the many Net Zero timelines and targets into a transparent, public tracker
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Reform Scotland, a charity registered in Scotland, is a public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity, opportunity for all, and more effective public services. Reform Scotland is independent of political parties and any other organisations. It is funded by donations from private individuals, charitable trusts and corporate organisations. Its Director is Chris Deerin and Alison Payne is the Research Director. Both work closely with the Trustee Board, chaired by Lord McConnell, which meets regularly to review the research and policy programme.
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