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Scottish Labour MSP Mary Fee has called on the Scottish Government to make home energy efficiency a key part in tackling climate change to meet its own ambitious targets.
Mary Fee MSP has this week called on the Scottish Government to make home energy efficiency a priority following the recent UN Climate Change Summit. The three main contributors to carbon emissions in Scotland are housing, transport and agriculture.
During a Scottish Government debate on the recent UN Climate Change Summit Mary also highlighted that while the Scottish Government have set out highly ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions, these targets have been missed for the third year in a row and now the scale for meeting the end goal on climate change appears harder to achieve.
Ms Fee, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, also emphasised that tackling energy efficiency in housing can “play a key part in reducing our carbon footprint” and set out what a Labour Government next May can achieve by devolving powers to ensure 5 million homes are insulated and by strengthening the Green Investment Bank to invest in new technologies that will make homes more eco-friendly and cost effective to reduce fuel poverty.
The Labour Party has also promised to freeze energy prices for two years next year and Mary also believe that this will help to tackle fuel poverty while the UK energy market is reformed.
It is estimated than around 17% of households in Renfrewshire live in fuel poverty and the Scottish Government is not expected to meet its target of ending fuel poverty where possible by 2016.
Speaking from Holyrood, the West Scotland MSP said:
“For the third year in a row the Scottish Government has missed their ambitious targets in tackling climate change. Scotland has full control over the three main contributors of carbon emissions and Scottish Labour want to see greater work in areas of housing, transport and agrilculture.
“The Labour Party has promised to freeze energy prices while the energy market is reformed and this can go a long way to help tackle fuel poverty. However further investment is needed in making our homes more energy efficient and that is why we have also pledged further devolution to invest in home insulation and reduce fuel poverty.”