Speaking in Parliament this week, Iain Gray MSP highlighted East Lothian Council’s Climate Change Strategy and asked the Scottish Government what it is doing to support the county’s ambitious plans.
At Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Questions, Mr Gray pointed out the progress the council has made so far on its strategy, which covers the period 2020 to 2025, and some of its future plans, including the East Lothian climate forest, which will see two million new trees planted locally over the next 10 years.
Speaking after his question, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I asked the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with East Lothian Council regarding its ambitious Climate Change Strategy 2020-2025.
“I also highlighted the fact that the council’s strategy is already driving real change. It has worked with the People’s Energy Company to launch an affordable energy tariff for county residents, household recycling rates have increased to 55.3 per cent of total household waste and there has been great progress on the installation of solar photovoltaics in the council’s housing stock.
“Most recently, the ambition to develop the East Lothian climate forest has been added, with the aim of planting 2 million trees across the county over the next decade. All that good work is happening in the face of a £4 million shortfall in funding for the council.
“I took the opportunity to ask if the Scottish Government would provide real and practical support to help deliver the strategy and back East Lothian’s contribution to tackling the climate emergency we all face.”