Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood election 2016: Where the parties stand on environment and energy

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Here we look at the environment and energy.


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Media captionScottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon outlines what her party will do to protect the environment
  • moratorium on fracking
  • Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty
  • new Climate Change Bill with a new target to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2020
  • establish a government owned energy company to support local and community energy

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Media captionScottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale shares her view of the environment
  • no to fracking
  • introduce a Warm Homes Act to exploit renewable heat technologies, cut fuel poverty, tackle climate change and create jobs
  • a major review of of river and coastal flood defences
  • shift freight from lorries onto cleaner trains and coastal shipping

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Media captionScottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson outlines what her party will do to protect the environment
  • allowing communities to impose moratorium on windfarms
  • allowing communities to impose moratorium on fracking
  • existing nuclear capacity should be protected for the long-term
  • a clear target to achieve all properties achieving an EPC C rating or above by the end of the next decade at the latest

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Media captionScottish Liberal Democrat Party leader Willie Rennie outlines what his party will do to protect the environment
  • ban on fracking
  • boost investment in renewable energy to reach 100% renewable energy generation
  • giving priority to warm homes, renewable heat and low-carbon transport
  • ending open-cast coal mining

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Media captionScottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie outlines what his party will do to protect the environment
  • ban on fracking
  • establish a framework for action on food security, sustainable agriculture and healthy living
  • transition to climate-ready neighbourhoods that reduce emissions, limit flood risks and increase resilience to extreme conditions
  • expansion of the Climate Challenge Fund

  • yes to fracking
  • scrap targets regarding foresting and re-wilding.
  • replace SEPA with a new organisation that would "work with locals and landowners rather than against them"
  • support research into GM foods, and allow a free vote in parliament on commercial cultivation