The Scottish Government will invest a record £1.9 billion in tackling climate change and creating good, green jobs in 2021/22.
Delivery of a ground-breaking £1.6 billion investment to transform heat and energy efficiency of buildings will get underway, directly supporting up to 5,000 jobs and tackling fuel poverty while rapidly accelerating the decarbonisation of an area that makes up a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scottish Government have committed to reducing emissions by 75% by 2030 (compared with 1990) and to net-zero by 2045 and delivering a green recovery is at the heart of the 2020-2021 Programme for Government.
Other highlights include delivering the first wave of the £2 billion Low Carbon Fund, including, in the first year alone, £14 million for the Green Jobs Fund. The heat in buildings budget will increase by £30 million to £213.4 million, while spending on forestry has been increased by £26.9 million to £121.2 million.
Zero Waste Scotland
Funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund, the service offers free advice and technical support, shares best practices and new technologies.
Supporting Scottish organisations to be more energy-efficient and reduce their carbon footprint to make a significant contribution addressing the climate emergency and helping achieve Scottish Government’s strategic economic objectives as well as climate change, energy efficiency and zero waste targets.
Net Zero Scotland
Net Zero Scotland is a Scottish Government campaign to tackle the global climate emergency. Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change.
Scotland was one of the first countries globally to declare a climate emergency in 2019 and it has set an ambitious target of being Net Zero by 2045. Net Zero Scotland is an information source for people, communities and businesses with resources to learn more about Net Zero and actions to tackle the global climate emergency.
Business Sustainability Solutions
The journey to net zero will arguably be the biggest challenge of our generation. Scotland has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2045 and as a business you have a key part to play in helping achieve this. See what your business can do and what support opportunities are available below.
Environmental Policy Guide Sustainability for Start Up Sustainability for Growth
The Scottish Government declared a climate emergency in 2019, and its Programme for Government announced an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2045.
Scottish Water responded to this target by committing to net zero emissions by 2040, a full five years earlier. They recognise that they will need to undergo a sweeping transformation over the next 25 years to achieve this.
See Scottish Water's Net Zero Routemap video below: