Nicola Sturgeon pledges to deliver ‘Scottish green deal’

Thursday April 18th, 2019

Nicola Sturgeon launched a “Scottish green deal”, with a pledge to leave no community behind in the country’s transition to a “carbon neutral society”. windfarm3

Speaking at the STUC conference in Dundee, the First Minister insisted there would be “huge opportunities” for Scotland.

The SNP leader’s comments seemed to channel the “Green New Deal”, the campaign that calls for huge investment in the industries needed to tackle the climate crisis as a means of stimulating the economy.

In her speech, Sturgeon said the “transition to carbon neutral society” would be “a key mission of the new national investment bank”.

This, she added, would be “a Scottish green deal” that would provide “huge opportunities”.

“We are already developing real strengths in areas like battery storage and smart grids. We’re home to big technological breakthroughs, like floating offshore windfarms and tidal power developments,” Sturgeon said.

But it came with risks, she added: “First, we need to ensure that low carbon technologies create as many jobs as possible here in Scotland.

“So far we have not done as well as we want in building a domestic supply chain for new renewable industries – a huge issue for Bifab, for example.”

She warned the conference “that as we seize these economic opportunities, we also have to ensure that people and communities aren’t left behind.”

The First Minister added: “We need to ensure that the carbon neutral age doesn’t just make Scotland a greener nation – although it will. It must also make us a healthier, wealthier and fairer nation.”

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