First 100 Days: Kickstarting the Green Recovery
These are serious times which require serious government and experienced leadership.
Covid has posed a massive challenge to the world but the climate emergency has not gone away. We must end Scotland’s contribution to climate change by 2045 in a just and fair way.
The SNP’s commitment will begin at the very heart of government. In its first 100 days, a re-elected SNP government will:
- Appoint a new Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, bringing together key challenges on the road to net zero.
- Appoint a Minister of Just Transition with responsibility for overseeing a ‘national mission’ of fairness and opportunity as we move to net zero.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will put Scotland centre stage of the climate change crisis in November. In its first 100 days, therefore, an SNP government will:
- Publish Scotland’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) towards the global goal of delivering the Paris Agreement.
- Launch a national campaign to raise awareness of the climate crisis and the actions we need to take as a country.
- Appoint Environmental Champions, experts from around the world, to advise the government on international best practice.
- Work with Glasgow City Council, the UK Government, and the UNFCCC on the delivery of COP26 in Glasgow, including working to ensure all Covid precautions are in place.
- Complete the creation of 12,000 hectares of woodland in 2020-21.
- Establish the integrated implementation board to develop new proposals for sustainable farming support and drive forward the recommendations of the farmer-led groups. This will include consulting on proposals for a sustainable suckler beef scheme.
- Announce the locations of Scotland’s first low-carbon vertical farms.
A revolution in transport will be needed to meet our climate change responsibilities. In its first 100 days, therefore, an SNP government will:
- Introduce the legal changes to extend free bus travel to everyone under 22 years old.
- Convene the Bus Decarbonisation Taskforce to take the next steps toward removing the majority of fossil fuel buses from public transport.
- Begin the process of bringing Scotrail into public hands from March 2022 as part of the transition to a publicly owned, cleaner, and greener railway.
- Resume Low Emission Zones, paused due to Covid, in Scotland’s cities.
- Start to deliver free bikes to children who cannot afford them by establishing pilot projects and commit to rolling the scheme out fully within 12 months.
Read the full plan for the first 100 days of a re-elected SNP government: