Scotland’s Climate Assembly produce 81 recommendations in bid to tackle global warming


1. Support the development of new manufacturing businesses in Scotland that are innovating in low carbon, high quality, built to last, product design.

2. Ban single use packaging

3. Reduce food waste by increasing public pressure and regulation on supermarkets

4. Introduce a National Reuse Charter to establish best practice standards and targets

5. Introduce extended producer responsibility legislation to regulate product design

6. Provide government support to Local Authorities to establish a network of ‘Resource Libraries’ across the country, where people can ‘borrow’ high quality tools and equipment

7. Update building standards to ensure that, within the next 5 years, all new housing is built to Passivhaus


8. Local Authorities and planning departments need to ensure carbon sequestration, wellbeing, adaptation to manage extreme weather risk, and biodiversity are all considered in planning decisions for urban areas and buildings.

9. Update Building Standards Regulations

10. Introduce appropriate legislation that requires all new buildings to be designed from the outset using techniques that enable demountability, disassembly, material recycling and reuse at end of life

11. Introduce a new environmental impact assessment for existing and new homes

12. Invest in workforce development and retraining to deliver retrofitting and construction work to high standards

13. Ensure the Fuel Poverty Strategy is implemented immediately and is effective by 2030 not 2040

14. Retrofit all existing homes by 2030

15. Ensure robust retrofit quality standards

16. Decarbonise heating by 2030

17. Make grants available for retrofitting homes

18. Strengthen building and trading standards to quality assure energy efficiency work carried out by private companies, to make sure it actually delivers emission reductions to homes

19. Development on greenfield sites should not be allowed

20. Require all public sector buildings, vehicles and supply chains to be net zero by 2030

21. Companies to provide details of their sustainability performance

22. Make it mandatory for all public service vehicles to have zero tailpipe emissions

23. Set a requirement for public organisations and private companies to measure their annual progress on the path to net zero and publish this in a clear and transparent way

24. Produce a green paper contrasting different methods of electricity generation focusing on capacity to meet baseload

25. Introduce a Climate Change Business Bill

26. Government and public services to procure plant-based and low carbon food for all public sector catering and canteens

27. Public transport cheaper or free

28. Introduce an ‘Oyster card for Scotland’

29. Place rail travel at the core of an integrated transport system by subsidising rail infrastructure

30. Improve regulation about emissions from ferries

31. Reduce the number of petrol and diesel vehicles

32. Help Scottish industry to become a leader in sustainable short-distance plane technology

33. Create convenient electric vehicle charging infrastructure by 2025

34. Commit to working to decarbonise all internal flights within Scotland by 2025

35. Within 5 years, to have fully implemented food carbon labelling, similar to nutritional labelling

36. Make it easier for people to make informed choices about how they travel

37. Require businesses to label products to show the carbon footprint of the production process

38. Change the energy efficiency culture

39. Produce public information campaigns about transitioning to a sustainable diet

40. Include carbon emissions and reduction topics in all relevant education programmes

41. Run a public information campaign about training opportunities, in order to attract people into greener industries

42. Provide education for all to support the transition from car use to public and active transport

43. Promote localised living

44. Fulfil the carbon sink potential of the marine environment to establish an holistic enterprise that maximises carbon sequestration and supports sustainable marine food production

45. Restore peatland and native woodlands

46. Fulfil Scotland’s carbon sink potential by incentivising landowners to maximise the land available in order to meet net zero targets

47. Develop farming subsidies to support more sustainable land management

48. Develop low carbon heating systems

49. Provide government support for community engagement

50. Empower local communities to manage underused, unproductive, and/or unoccupied land around them

51. Introduce a pot of money for community projects to be used to invest in community-based climate action projects

52. Enhance Community Right to Buy

53. Introduce government backed sustainable business loans

54. Incentivise the use of Scottish grown and produced materials in house construction

55. Set targets for supermarkets and other shops to buy and sell local produce at a fair price to farmers and consumers

56. De-incentivise imports

57. Create a National Nature Service

58. Scottish Government should support businesses and employers to transition and prioritise green skills

59. Flexible working conditions

60. Eliminate frequent flyer and air mile bonuses

61. Incentivise cooperative models of land use

62. Incentivise green business models

63. Look after wellbeing before profit

64. Explore Universal Basic Income

65. Introduce 4-day working week

66. Improve broadband connectivity

67. Make it easier to walk and cycle

68. Convert existing buildings

69. Reform planning laws

70. Ensure that all communities are able to benefit from the principles of localised living, inspired by the 20-minute community

71. Create new, and support existing, work hubs

72. Work towards free wifi for all

73. Incentive for green jobs training

74. Tax high carbon resources

75. Introduce a carbon land tax

76. Discourage air travel by introducing a frequent flyer tax or levy

77. Introduce a carbon tax on food

78. Make businesses pay for their waste and impact on the environment

79. Reduce the incentives to fly by introducing tax on high carbon aviation fuels

80. Phase in increased road taxes for private car use

81. Business and government to adopt a measurement framework for success that incorporates sustainability, wellbeing and happiness alongside profit

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