Scottish Government announces £120m fund for zero emission buses, 20% cut in car travel in climate plan

Wed 16 December 2020 View all news

The Scottish Government has announced plans to reduce the number of miles travelled by car by 20% by 2030 as well as to 'phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030' in line with the UK Committee on Climate Change recommendations. 

Included among "over 100 new policies and proposals to support Scotland's green recovery" is a commitment to additional funding of £120 million for zero emission buses to accelerate the decarbonisation of Scotland’s bus fleet and support the Scottish supply chain.

The proposed new policies form part of the Climate Change Plan 2018 – 2032, which has been updated to reflect what the Scottish Government says are "the world’s most ambitious framework of climate targets as enshrined in Scotland’s Climate Change Act 2019".

Other notable measures relating to transport in Scotland's plan include a commitment to £50 million spending to support the creation of Active Freeways to provide sustainable transport links between Scottish towns and cities.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "“Our commitment to tackling the twin-crises of climate change and biodiversity loss is unwavering and is central to our green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Scotland has the most ambitious climate legislation in the world. Our 2030 target of 75% reduction goes beyond what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is needed globally to prevent warming of more than 1.5 degrees. It is therefore rightly ambitious and extremely stretching.

“Our Climate Change Plan update sets out the policies that will be introduced, boosted or accelerated in light of the new targets, and will support green recovery.

To support the delivery of the updated Plan, a revised Draft Public Engagement Strategy has been published for consultation.

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