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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04118: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its announcement on 10 October 2016 of its support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, whether it plans to publish comprehensive details of how it will offset additional CO2 emissions resulting from the “£10m route development fund to help support new domestic routes”, and “£200m of construction-related spend in Scotland during planning and construction.”

Answered by: Keith Brown 10 November 2016

Heathrow Airport's £10m route development fund for new domestic routes will be subject to a competitive process and open to bids from all parts of the UK. Whilst we fully expect that Scotland will benefit from new services, it is for airlines and airports to progress specific proposals.

In aviation, the Scottish Government has shown global leadership by including emissions from domestic and international aviation in its emissions reduction targets. More widely, Scotland exceeded the level of our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42%, six years early. We will also be publishing a new draft Climate Change Plan in the winter, setting out our priorities and commitments to meeting our ambitious reduction targets over the coming decades.