David Stewart MSP

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Unanimous Support in Scottish Parliament for Climate Change Bill

David Stewart, Labour Environment Spokesman, is welcoming the unanimous agreement of the Scottish Parliament to allow Westminster to legislate for Scotland when setting UK targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The Highlands and Islands Labour MSP speaking in the debate in Holyrood today said climate change is a global issue, needing co-operation, understanding and international action.

“Climate change knows no boundaries.

“The Westminster Bill sets a target of 60% cuts in CO2 and will make the UK the first in the world to have a legally binding, long term framework to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change,” said Mr Stewart.

“The consultation to this bill received 17,000 responses.

“Some called for the bar to be extended higher.

“Higher targets, other greenhouse gases, the inclusion of international aviation and shipping are all issues which can be addressed by the expert committee,” he added.

“I welcome the support of WWF Scotland and RSPB to the legislative framework to ensure that emission cuts are achieved. It will be a vital tool in the fight against climate change.”

While welcoming the cross party support in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Stewart said he was awaiting the Scottish Government’s consultation document on its own bill with interest.

He said: “Labour has shown world leadership in taking action on climate change.

“We made it a top priority for our Presidency of the G8 in 2005 and led the world in setting tough targets for cutting emissions of gases.

“We launched the world’s first economy wide greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme.

“In April 2001, the Labour government brought in the climate change levy which is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 2.5 million tonnes by 2010.

“Labour’s Scottish Climate Change Bill would have delivered reductions in Council Tax for householders who recycled more and for those who installed energy efficient measures and micro generation.

“Will the Minister undertake to consider those measures in the Scottish Government’s own bill?”

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December 20, 2007 at 5:19 pm

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Promotion for North MSP

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, is being named as Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.

Mr Stewart, who is currently an opposition whip in the Scottish Parliament, is replacing Des McNulty in the environment post – Mr McNulty is moving to transport.

A former MP for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (he was a Private Parliamentary Secretary in Westminster), Mr Stewart was elected as a regional MSP for the Highlands and Islands area in 2007.

“I am delighted to accept this new responsibility from Wendy Alexander and I look forward to working with Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, the Environment and Climate Change Sarah Boyack,” he said.

“The environment and climate change are the most important issues facing not just Scotland but the world. I have already been exploring a number of related issues as part of my role on the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee and I look forward to the challenges ahead which face us all.”

Prior to election to the Scottish Parliament Mr Stewart was Assistant Director for Rural Affairs with the SCVO based in Inverness.

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December 13, 2007 at 5:20 pm

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