LINK gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee for their inquiry into the European Union Budget Review. See also our written evidence: Inquiry into the EU Budget Review and EU Budget Reform Inquiry, Additional Evidence
LINK believes that the EU budget must be adapted to tackle emerging policy challenges, many of which have arisen due a failure in applying the principles of sustainable development in a coherent and effective way. The major of impacts of the failure of the sustainability agenda are anthropogenic climate change, degradation of terrestrial and marine … Read More »
LINK provide evidence regarding muirburn to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment committee, during their examination of the Climate Change Bill.
LINK has repeatedly expressed its view that the best way to respond to climate change is to first reduce green house gas emissions by moving away from carbon based energy production, reducing energy consumption and energy loss. We see carbon sequestration as one of the secondary responses that feature further down the list of the … Read More »
Response to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee inquiry into the EU Budget Review. As a general principle, LINK believes the majority of the EU budget should be targeted at protecting and improving public goods. This will require investment in ‘environmental and social capital’ including initiatives which encourage a shift towards truly sustainable … Read More »
Briefing paper from the Scottish Environment LINK Climate Task Force for the Scottish Government Debate on Climate Change, Wednesday 28th May 2008.
Managing our environment well is integral to successful governance, as a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage is the cornerstone of a high quality sustainable economy. If done properly, looking after our environment and preserving our natural resources can enhance economic activity. For example, maintaining healthy seas ensures a sustainable fishing industry and enhances … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK welcomes the setting of a Scottish Target for reducing carbon emissions and the commitment to report annually to the Parliament on progress. In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Climate Change Programme, LINK would also like to see: Annual targets and annual reports on progress towards current targets on greenhouse … Read More »
The Committee’s interest in the development of biomass is welcomed. Electricity represents approximately 20% of all the energy used in households in Scotland, leaving around 80% as energy generated for heat. The generation of an increasing proportion of this energy from sustainable sources, such as biomass, in conjunction with targets for emission reduction, stabilisation of … Read More »
LINK Climate Change Action Plan calls on the Scottish Executive to develop, implement and resource a detailed Scottish Strategy on Climate Change which brings together social, environmental and economic interests to reduce emissions and improve quality of life.
Consultation on forestry provisions in the Scottish Climate Change Bill In principle we welcome the fresh look at how the FCS can deliver for climate change but we are particularly uncomfortable, as we have highlighted before1, with woodland creation for carbon sequestration becoming the primary driver for the government and the National Forest Estate (NFE). … Read More »
We are concerned by proposals for new unabated coal capacity in Scotland, as coal is the most carbon intensive of all fossil fuels. LINK believes that, given the climate change targets to deliver an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, it is not justifiable to allow the building of any new fossil fuel power stations … Read More »
LINK believes that Scotland needs urgent action on climate change and have been calling for greenhouse gas reductions to be delivered in a sustainable manner and for adaptation measures to be put in place to help secure our natural and cultural heritage. The Scottish Climate Change Bill should contain a duty on all public bodies … Read More »
The UK Government should develop its targets in full consultation with devolved administrations and ensure adequate representation on the Committee for Climate Change. Additional legislation at country level will be required by devolved administrations who may wish to set more ambitious targets, or make provision for specific mitigation measures. Joint response from LINK and Stop … Read More »
In its current form this strategy will do little to halt the growth in road traffic and the damaging environmental impacts made by carbon emissions, increased road building and air travel. We call on the Executive to produce a finished strategy that is a far-sighted and inspiring programme of measures to tackle oil dependency, reduce … Read More »
The LINK Biodiversity Taskforce welcomed the launch of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy ‘It’s In Your Hands’ (SBS) and supports the concept of its focused delivery through detailed Implementation Plans. LINK members have been heavily involved in developing the Implementation Plans through the various working groups. While we believe the groups have succeeded in identifying what … Read More »
LINK believes that carbon sequestration should not be a primary driver of forestry policy, management of the National Forest Estate, and grant spend in Scotland. Whilst we accept that trees do sequester carbon, and through this process can make a small contribution to combating climate change, primary focus should continue to be on ensuring delivery … Read More »
We are very concerned by a amendment to the Bill which would remove the power of bridge authorities to introduce road user charging on any bridge in Scotland. We consider this would be an enormously retrograde step, and we are writing to urge MSPs not to support such an amendment at stage three. We have … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK was surprised by the recent launch of the Woodland Creation Grants for 2007-2008 application year. Having read through the Support for Woodland Creation in the 2007/08 Planting Season document there are a number of issues that give us some concern and where we seek clarification…
Climate change is the most serious environmental problem facing the globe. In Scotland it will mean more unpredictable weather, more storms and rising seas, leading to floods, drought, failed harvests, the spread of disease and whole species being wiped out.Here we outline the 10 principles needed to tackle climate change sustainably.