Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee’s external affairs inquiry which will look at how Scotland is and should be engaging with the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world. Our full submission is available here.
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the opportunity to share its views regarding the amendments lodged at Stage 2 of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. LINK supports robust action to effectively address the climate and nature emergencies. This means ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also the roll-out of nature-based solutions that … Read More »
This briefing sets out why the UK’s exit from the EU would require the creation of an Environment Watchdog to ensure the proper enforcement of environmental legislation in Scotland. The Scottish Government has made welcome and progressive commitments to protect our environment, but to live up this ambition we need the support of strong institutions. … Read More »
LINK briefing for Stage 3 of the Planning (Scotland) Bill. This briefing sets out LINK Planning Group views with respect to the amendments required to ensure that the Planning Bill delivers and inclusive, sustainable plan-led approach in Scotland. June 2019.
On 13 June, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion submitted by Gillian Martin MSP on World Environment Day 2019. The debate will take place at 12.45, right after First Minister’s Questions. LINK has produced a briefing ahead of the debate, which is available here.
Scottish Environment LINK members welcome the Committee’s decision to seek further evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations at its meeting on 30 April. We understand that discussions will focus on: Environmental risks associated with exit, especially in the … Read More »
Ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill taking place on 2 April, LINK members wish to highlight the following points. First and foremost, LINK members welcome the Committee’s support of the recent IPCC findings on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and explicit agreement that a net-zero … Read More »
On 12th March 2019 Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish SPCA on Scottish Government’s Wildlife Crime in Scotland 2017 Annual Report. Scottish Environment LINK notes the publication of the wildlife crime report and comments briefly on the evidence session in the … Read More »
On 27 March, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion on the Climate Emergency. In advance of this LINK members issued a briefing highlighting the need for urgent action to tackle climate change. For this to be effective, action should focus on: Achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible Ensuring there is … Read More »