Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of £4.3 million for the Climate Action Hub Programme. This funding will bring the programme to 20 communities across the country and seeks to take a place-based approach to Scotland’s journey to Net Zero, putting local communities at the heart of the transition.
Fiona welcomed this announcement while speaking in a Scottish Parliament debate on Tuesday 14th March. Fiona closed the debate on behalf of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee in her role as Deputy Convener.
Speaking after the debate Fiona said:
“Councils and communities can drive change in their local communities, and I welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement of £4.3 million for the Climate Action Hub programme. This funding will bring the programme to a further 20 communities across Scotland, helping to fight climate change locally. I hope that West Lothian community groups who are interested in reducing carbon emissions can apply and benefit from this fund.
“I spoke about the importance of this announcement in the Scottish Parliament to close the ‘Net Zero: Local Government and Cross-sectoral Partners’ debate which was brought to the Chamber by the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee of which I am Deputy Convener.
“Climate change and our collective role of delivering net zero and elimination of carbon emissions is a global imperative, but to deliver that we need action at every level of government. This was a good debate. It has raised so many issues and has challenged us, but it has also given us some hope and confidence.
“The Net Zero Committee’s recent report made clear that Scotland will not reach its target of being Net Zero by 2045 without a more empowered local Government sector. Ensuring this sector has access to the skills and capital it will need to play its full role in this energy revolution will also be important.
“Climate change impacts are being felt around the world and we must act now to ensure that the Scottish Government works with Local Government in partnership to mobilise all our talents across Scotland and tackle this emergency.”