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SSN Gives Evidence on Climate Change Plan

Chris Wood-Gee, Chair of Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), has given evidence to two Scottish Parliament Committees on the draft Climate Change Plan. SSN’s written submission to the Committees is available online now.

Chris, who became Chair of the SSN Steering Group last year, gave evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee on 1 February, and to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on 7 February. SSN’s written submission to the Committees is available to access online.

The draft Climate Change Plan is the Third Report on Policies and Proposals (RPP3) to reduce emissions in Scotland, building on previous reports published in 2011 and 2013. Three Scottish Parliament Committees are hearing evidence on the draft Climate Change Plan, as well as seeking views more widely.

SSN gave evidence to the Local Government and Communities Committee on a panel with Philip Revell of Sustaining Dunbar and Craig McLaren of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland.

Evidence mainly focussed on the role of planning within the draft Climate Change Plan and the impact of the planning system on fostering sustainable practices and sustainable travel. Discussions included: involving communities in planning and charrettes; protecting green space; how to access resourcing and funding to deliver change; potentially repealing section 72 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009; whether climate change mitigation could be included as a principal purpose of the new Planning Bill, and; the role of leadership and education in getting councillors and MSPs to escalate climate action. A full transcript of the session is available.

Chris Wood-Gee also gave evidence on 7 February to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. The Committee heard from three panels of stakeholders, including: the Committee on Climate Change, SEPA, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland, and RSPB Scotland. The Official Report, including a full transcript of the meeting, will be available by 6pm today.

The draft plan will be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament over a 60-day period after which the final Climate Change Plan will be published.

08 February 2017

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