Sustainability

Over75%

Recommendations

Why this is important

38. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to enabling Scotland to lead with integrity, honesty, humility and transparency in a self-sufficient and innovative way the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

reduce waste and unnecessary use of nonbiodegradable products and be the first to ban these and become a world leader in this area. This must be accompanied by a consistent approach to recycling throughout the country which minimises pollution and the use of landfill.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.00% Disagree 3.00% Agree 43.00% Strongly agree 53.00% Total votes 100

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Why this is important

39. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of how people can contribute to a sustainable future the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

educate the public that we all need to play a role in saving the planet and contributing to a sustainable future. They should raise awareness through an approved government website of the changes people can make (including schemes they can benefit from, support available and behavioural changes).

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.00% Disagree 10.00% Agree 37.00% Strongly agree 51.00% Total votes 100

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Why this is important

40. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of protecting the energy that can be produced in Scotland the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

invest in, and incentivise wider investment in, the infrastructure that will enable us to harness our renewable energy resources to their full potential, including improved distribution and storage capacity.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.00% Disagree 3.00% Agree 37.00% Strongly agree 60.00% Total votes 100

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Why this is important

41. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges facing high streets and the sustainability of Scottish businesses the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

investigate how best to support and give tax breaks to small local businesses who are impacted most by Covid-19, to urgently help them begin to participate in a green recovery and encourage new local business to open with green values.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.00% Disagree 4.00% Agree 42.00% Strongly agree 53.00% Total votes 100

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Why this is important

42. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of providing sustainable, affordable housing the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action required

make it easier and cheaper for people to invest in the energy efficiency of their houses (particularly the upgrading of older houses) by subsidising the costs of eco-friendly building materials for everyone (e.g. VAT reductions, government grants or schemes, or capped pricing) so that it encourages the use of these types of materials.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.00% Disagree 6.00% Agree 33.00% Strongly agree 60.00% Total votes 100

 

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