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Date: Tues 29 January 2008

CLIMATE CHANGE BILL CONSULTATION LAUNCH

STOP CLIMATE CHAOS SCOTLAND SAY SCOTLAND CAN DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP ON TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE (SCCS Press Release)

SCOTS CLIMATE CHANGE BILL SHOULD BACK WORKPLACE ACTION (UNISON Press release)

STOP CLIMATE CHAOS SCOTLAND SAY SCOTLAND CAN DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP ON TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition (SCCS), backed by environmental and development campaigners, trade unions, faith organisations and community groups, with a combined supporter base of one and a half million, unite in their response to the Scottish Government's Climate Change Bill consultation launch today. The Bill is welcomed as a pioneering opportunity to develop a legal framework for managing carbon emissions. However, SCCS believe the Bill must be strong if Scotland is to be effective in combating climate change.

Mike Robinson, Chair, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: "This landmark Bill is a great opportunity for Scotland to become a world leader in tackling climate change - more than 30 of Scotland's most respected organisations campaigning on climate change greet it with enthusiasm. The consultation is a good start; we are encouraged by the Scottish Government's acknowledgement of the 2 Celsius global warming danger threshold and the need for policy to reflect the most recent science. However, in order to meet overall targets it is essential that there is a commitment to annual reductions of at least 3% per year in statute. Without it, this is a departure from the SNP manifesto commitment. This broad coalition will also be hugely disappointed if the Scottish Government rules out the inclusion of emissions from international aviation in its targets.

"It is vital that the Scottish Climate Change Bill is seen in a global context; we need to acknowledge that poor people around the world are already feeling the real impacts of climate change - changing weather patterns undermine their ways of life while increased disasters threaten their lives.

"Scotland has had huge benefit from fossil-fuel based energy, we can and should be leading efforts to shift to a low-carbon economy."

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For more press information please contact: Lang Banks/Jess Pepper, WWF on 01350 728200 or 07980 852562

For more information about SCCS please contact:Ruth Dawkins, SCCS on 0131 311 6512, 07790 386 329 and ruth@stopclimatechaosscotland.org

Notes to editors

  1. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a growing coalition on climate change, bringing together environment and development organisations, unions, faith, community and women's groups. Members include: Christian Aid, Oxfam, WWF Scotland, RSPB, UNISON, SAMH, Church of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement, SCIAF, Tearfund, Greenpeace, Baldernock Community Council, Campaign against Climate Change, Clyde Heritage Trust, Concern Worldwide Scotland, Edinburgh University Students Association, Glasgow University SRC, Glasgow Eco-Renovation Network, Heriot Watt Students' Association, Hillhead Community Council, Justice and Peace Scotland, People and Planet, Ramblers Association, Scottish Action On Climate Change, Scottish Seabird Centre, SEAD, Spokes, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, TRANSform Scotland, Women's Environment Network

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SCOTS CLIMATE CHANGE BILL SHOULD BACK WORKPLACE ACTION (UNISON Press release)

UNISON Scotland today urged the Scottish Government to back green workplace action as part of the Scottish Climate Change Bill.

Welcoming today's consultation and the proposed 80% target for cutting carbon emissions, Scottish Organiser Dave Watson stressed that more CO2 emissions are generated in the workplace than the home.

He said: "We would like the Bill to give powers to Scottish Ministers to issue regulations and guidance to promote greener workplaces and workforce involvement.

"Public services in particular have a vital role to play and the Bill should ensure that the public sector leads by example.

For UNISON comments please contact: Dave Watson (Scottish organiser - policy) 07958 122 409(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729(m) Fiona Montgomery (Information Development officer) 0141 342 2852 9w)

Notes to Editors:

1. UNISON Scotland is a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, the coalition of environment and development NGOs, trade unions, faith, community and women's groups.

2. UNISON welcomes the 80% target for cutting carbon emissions by 2050 as the minimum necessary according to the latest science. We urged the UK Government to also adopt an 80% target instead of their proposed 60% cut.

3. Our Green Workplace Briefing is available at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/briefings/greenworkplace.html

4. The UNISON Scotland Environment Manifesto produced during last year's Scottish election campaign is at: www.unison-scotland.org.uk/greenworkplace

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