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S5O-02337: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with its policy to tackle climate change, and whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to expand the electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of this.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 12 September 2018

Scotland is making excellent progress in tackling climate change. The most recent statistics show that greenhouse gas emissions have almost halved since 1990. The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan contains a package of transformative measures to continue reducing emissions, including significant decarbonisation of transport.

Our investment in electric vehicle charging means that EV drivers in Scotland benefit from one of Europe’s most comprehensive and easy to access charging networks, Charge Place Scotland.

In 2017, this network of chargers was used over 420,000 times by over 8,000 members, enabling 12.8 million electric vehicle miles to be travelled.

As part of a package of investment to help accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles we are investing £15 million, to add 1500 new electric vehicle charge points in homes, businesses and communities, including 150 new public charge points.