Scotland publishes budget for net-zero ambitions


The Scottish Government has published details of how it will invest £1.9 billion in tackling climate change and promote a green recovery in 2021/22.

There is £120 million allocated for zero-emission buses, over £500 million for Active Travel, and over £500 million for bus priority infrastructure.

Other areas covered include £1.6 billion to transform heat and energy efficiency of buildings and delivering the first wave of the £2 billion Low Carbon Fund, including, in the first year alone, £14 million for the Green Jobs Fund. The heat in buildings budget will increase by £30 million to £213.4 million, while spending in forestry has been increased by £26.9 million to £121.2 million. There is also a £250 million peatland restoration programme; and £70 million to improve waste and recycling infrastructure.

£8 million will be targeted to showcase the country’s global leadership in tackling climate change, accelerate climate goals both domestically and globally, and develop Scotland’s international influence whilst attracting green investment and innovation, to ensure Scotland realises the full benefits of COP26 in Glasgow.

An ongoing commitment to support countries most affected by the climate emergency will be met with £3 million for international climate justice.

Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “2021 is a vital year for climate action and COP26 in Glasgow puts Scotland at the centre of a global to protect our people and planet. This Budget enhances Scotland’s role as an international climate leader, backing up the world’s toughest climate target framework with on-the-ground delivery.”