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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10888: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Goverment what action it takes to encourage the transport sector to reduce its carbon emissions output.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 September 2017

The draft Climate Change Plan sets out how we propose to drive down transport emissions. The Plan includes a number of catalytic actions which aim to reduce emissions and end the need for individuals to purchase petrol or diesel cars by 2032. This comes through increased support for electric vehicles, the establishment of Scotland's first low emission zone and continued support for active travel and car share programmes. These sit alongside measures such as the greening of Scotland's bus fleet and a transition to low carbon solutions at Scotland's airports and ports.

The Plan sits alongside its sister documents, The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and Switched-on Scotland Phase 2: An Action Plan for Growth which further detail how we will reduce transport emissions through improvements in vehicle technology and a switch to sustainable modes.

We are also steadily increasing investment in low carbon transport, with the Programme for Government announcing the doubling of our active travel budget from £40 to £80 million.