Scottish Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has said his government is “not prepared to take the leap” of changing any of its own environmental laws.
Speaking at a debate organised by the Scottish Conservatives in Edinburgh on Thursday, Mr Wilson said the Scottish government would not seek to introduce any new environmental laws at this time, despite calls from environmental groups.
Mr Wilson’s remarks came in response to a question about whether Scottish ministers would introduce legislation to increase emissions limits for vehicles or power stations.
Scottish Environment minister Gordon Wilson said his cabinet would not legislate on the impact of climate change on people.
“I don’t think that the Government would be prepared to do anything in this space that would require new legislation.
I think it’s something that we’ve seen before with environmental protection and that is the sort of thing that we need to look at in a much more thoughtful way,” Mr Wilson told the debate.
Mr Cameron’s plan to introduce a cap on carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 was rejected by Scotland in 2016, and his predecessor, Gordon Brown, signed the Climate Change Act in 2010.
The act, which included a cap of 50g/km CO2e, was passed by Parliament but was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year.
Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the country was “well aware of the importance of climate protection”, adding: “Scottish Government will not introduce any laws to try to change the law.
We are not prepared to make any such change in our legislation at this stage.”
Mr Wilson defended the Government’s decision to exclude climate change from the Climate Act, saying it would allow the country to be able to respond to climate change in a “responsible way”.
Scottish Conservative leader Angus Robertson told the event: “The Scottish Government is not prepared for the change of its laws that the Scottish Government will be proposing, particularly as we have seen in recent years, with a lot of climate action and a lot more.”
He said the “slim pickings” of environmental legislation were in Scotland and urged Mr Cameron to “look at the bigger picture” and consider changing the law to ensure Scotland is prepared to deal with climate change. “
Scotted people are well aware of their own environment, of their natural environment and the threat that climate change poses to them.”
He said the “slim pickings” of environmental legislation were in Scotland and urged Mr Cameron to “look at the bigger picture” and consider changing the law to ensure Scotland is prepared to deal with climate change.
“The Government is in a very good position with respect to protecting Scotland’s environment.
The vast majority of Scotland’s resources are in the environment and we have a very robust climate plan,” Mr Robertson added.
Mr Lochhead was asked whether Scotland would be able, given its existing climate plans, to meet its emissions targets if the UK were to leave the EU.
Scottish Conservative Leader Angus Robertson said the Government will “not introduce any legislation to try [to] change the”
So the UK Government will have the option of continuing to work on our climate plans.”
Scottish Conservative Leader Angus Robertson said the Government will “not introduce any legislation to try [to] change the