Wake up to threat of climate change

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.

Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey has highlighted the urgent need for countries around the world to wake-up to the threat of climate change.

The SNP MSP made the comments in the wake of the latest findings published by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which delivered a sombre reminder as to the imminent danger faced by the planet if global temperatures continue to rise.

In its study the IPCC warned greenhouse gas emissions must be cut over the coming decades in order to avoid “dangerous” climate change. It also pointed out that the output of carbon dioxide and other environmentally harmful gases has increased in recent years.

Mr Dey, the depute convener of the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs Climate Change and Environment committee, said: “This latest report underlines the need for an international and united approach in tackling climate change.

“There is no doubt that every country must do their bit in order to achieve substantial reductions in greenhouse gases, such as through large-scale changes to energy supplies and usage as well as curbing deforestation and planting trees.

“I am pleased to say we in Scotland are doing our bit and generating 46 per cent of our energy needs through renewable sources. As a result we are on track to meet our 2015 target of producing 50 per cent of our electricity from renewables.

“Scotland has tremendous renewable resources and we should and must make the most of them.

“Earlier this year the Scottish Government approved two major renewable energy projects – a wind farm at Moy, near Inverness, and a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant for the Port of Rosyth. Such measures are the most effective way for us to cut our carbon footprint and harness environmentally friendly energy sources.”

He commended the Scottish Government for being on course to meet its target of producing 50 per cent of the country’s electricity needs from renewables by 2015.