I am proud to announce that the Scottish Conservatives have launched a new policy document outlining our commitment to protecting and restoring Scotland’s environment.
At a time when global economic demand and environmental systems are under intensive and competing strain, a new approach is required. We can no longer consume our natural resources at the current unsustainable rate, and we can no longer think of economic development as a competing force against environmental protection.
The Scottish Conservative approach to the Environment and Climate Change is founded on three key tenets. The first is a belief that Climate Change is one of the great challenges we face, and we must show leadership on the world stage to reduce global emissions. The second is that, in the long term, resource prices will increase, and moreover, access to these resources will become less reliable. By decreasing our reliance on products which are manufactured abroad we can reduce global emissions but also grow the economy and create jobs here in Scotland. The third tenet is that we need to look holistically at our management of the environment. That means making the business case, but also recognising that for certain projects the business case will not be viable if assessed via conventional accounting. Therefore, we recognise a role for Natural Capital in order to progress key projects.
We have set out ambitious plans across seven key sections including; Circular Economy, Biodiversity, Energy, Homes and Transport. These plans either match or exceed existing targets, but, more importantly, also identify how we will achieve them. We will prioritise achieving behaviour change, technological advancement, big data and innovation in order to tackle climate change, boost biodiversity, grow the economy, create more, better jobs and ensure new ideas are delivered for the benefit of Scotland.
You can read the document in full here.