The First Minister has unveiled Scotland’s Programme for Government 2019-20.
This programme sets out the next steps to fighting the climate emergency, and transport actions play a key role in this.
It all follows the Committee on Climate Change’s warnings on the extent of the climate emergency, which led to Theresa May to commit to achieving net-zero emissions in 2050, in her last major act before leaving her role as Prime Minister.
And now, the Scottish government has followed suit; in the Programme for Government 2019-20, a number of transport commitments have been set out.
This includes a “landmark” investment totalling more than £500 million that will see major improvements to bus infrastructure across the country, therefore encouraging greater use of public transport.
Decarbonisation of railways is also a huge aim of the First Minister, who has announced that this will happen on the railways by 2035; again, this is something that is being sought after on a wider scale.
Nicola Sturgeon commented: “This Programme for Government will put health, prosperity and wellbeing at its heart, and will reinforce Scotland’s place as a dynamic, open, innovative economy.
“In the last 12 months, we have made important progress in creating a better and fairer country and this year’s Programme for Government builds on that record.
“Earlier this year, I acknowledged that Scotland – like the rest of the world -faces a climate emergency. We are now committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest – earlier than any other UK nation.
“This year’s Programme for Government is an important part of our response to the climate emergency, containing measures which will reduce emissions while supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.”
There are other actions expected in terms of transport to reduce emissions, with the phasing out of new petrol and diesel cars from the public sector fleet by 2025.