North East MSP Mike Rumbles yesterday (Sunday) called on the Scottish Government to get a grip on cutting carbon emissions from transport as new figures revealed Transport Scotland missed their target for cutting their aviation emissions by 34,000 kg/CO2e last year.
Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that emissions from air travel in 2015/16 were more than double the Transport Scotland target of 24,068 kg/CO2e.
This follows new statistics released this week which show that there has been almost no progress in cutting emissions from transport since 1990. Experts have also warned that SNP plans to cut taxes for airlines could increase aviation emissions by 60,000 tonnes per year.
Commenting, Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“The fact that we have met our carbon targets for the first time in five years is welcome but these figures show just how far we have to go. You would expect the Scottish Government agency responsible for transport to take a lead in cutting emissions but last year they blew their budget for aviation emissions twice over.
“One of the striking things about the emissions data released last week was that there has been little progress in many areas that are actually under the control of the Scottish Government. Transport needs to be at the top of the list for urgent action.
“The last thing we need is a tax cut for airlines that experts say would increase carbon emissions by 60,000 tonnes a year. That is not the way to exceed our green targets. It would ensure that work to cut carbon from transport remains in the slow lane. The Scottish Government needs to scrap these plans.”
Notes to Editors:
Transport Scotland’s Carbon Management Plan (CMP) included a target for an overall travel emissions reduction of 19.4% by 2015/16 against a 2010/11 baseline.
The air travel baseline in 2010/11 was 37,027 kg/CO2e. The CMP estimated that business flight emissions could be reduced by 35% by 2015/16. This implies a target of 24,068 kg/CO2e.
Figures provided by Transport Scotland show:
For 2013/14, air travel emissions were 60,410 kg/CO2e
For 2014/15, air travel emissions were 45,272 kg/CO2e
For 2015/16, air travel emissions were 58,000 kg/CO2e