Scotland’s progress on reducing carbon emissions has been hailed as ‘historic’ today by Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald – as new figures published show that the Scottish Government’s ambitious target to reduce emissions by 42 per cent have been met six years early.

Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK, with a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014 compared to the UK’s 33% reduction over the same period. Scotland is one of the leading countries in Western Europe for reducing emissions.

The latest climate change statistics show Scotland’s emissions, for reporting against targets, have fallen by 12.5% year on year to 41.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2014.

This is a reduction of 45.8% from the 1990 baseline.

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the figures – and said that all interested parties should use the figures as a springboard to further ambitious action in the future, rather than seeking to talk Scotland’s progress down. 

Commenting, Mr MacDonald said:

“These figures are truly historic, showing the incredible progress Scotland has made on reducing our carbon emissions – leading the way across the world and providing an example for others to follow. 

“Scotland has not just met the annual emissions reduction target for 2014, but has also met our world-leading target to reduce emissions by 42 per cent six years ahead of schedule.  This is astonishing progress and shows the action the SNP in government is taking is paying off.

“Scotland is making outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These statistics show that we not only met the annual 2014 emissions reduction target but also exceeded the level of our world-leading 2020 target for a 42% reduction, six years ahead of schedule.

“The reduction in residential emissions in 2014 may have been due to people turning down their heating. This underlines that the actions of someone in Falkirk district, if repeated on a large scale, can have a big impact in tackling climate change. It’s good to know the people of Falkirk district are doing their bit.

“With climate change one of the defining challenges of our time, there is a real need to cooperate with our neighbours and internationally – which is one of the reasons why Scotland and the UK are better off remaining in the European Union.”

“In addition in light of these exceptional figures, every political party in Scotland should come together to focus on how we use the progress so far to go even further in future, rather than finding reasons to try and talk Scotland’s achievements down.”




Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has highlighted a Police Scotland amnesty on unlicensed air guns – and urged those who do not intend to have their weapon licensed to make use of the amnesty, which runs for another two weeks. The scheme, launched last week, has seen more than 2,000 weapons handed in to police stations across Scotland.

The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act comes fully into force in December this year and will make it an offence, from July 2016, for a person who owns an air weapon not to have a licence for it. This broadly follows the existing principle and practices of firearms legislation and will protect public safety by ensuring that only a person fit to obtain a licence can own an air weapon.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald said:

“I am encouraged by the response from the public to this air weapon amnesty, which has led to 2,000 weapons being taken off our streets.

“From the 1st of July this year new legislation will require everyone who has an air weapon to have a licence to keep it – this is to ensure that such weapons are only ever used in a safe and responsible way.

“I would encourage anyone who owns an air gun, but does not intend to license it, to take advantage of this amnesty and hand the weapon in to a designated police station.”

Assurances Given Regarding Safety Concerns in Falkirk’s PFI Schools


Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald contacted Falkirk Council to raise his concerns regarding this issue as soon as the devastating detail of the incidents in Edinburgh schools was revealed.

This week he received a letter from Gary Greenhorn, Head of Planning and Resources with Falkirk Council’s Education Department.

Mr Greenhorn stated that council officers have worked and liaised with PPP providers to undertake a range of structural inspections across the secondary school estate.  The council have been given assurances regarding the safety and structural integrity of the external walls.

In addition the design of external wall construction has been analysed of all school new builds and extensions over the last 15 years.  No concerns have been reported following these checks.

Mr MacDonald commented:

“The safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance and must never be at risk so I was pleased to receive this response from Mr Greenhorn giving our local schools a clean bill of health.

“It is very reassuring to know that all schools in Falkirk have been constructed to industry standard and that they are structurally sound.

“I was also satisfied to hear from Mr Greenhorn that the school estate continues to receive both capital and revenue investment. This will allow for the regular assessment of the schools’ condition and for any maintenance and improvement work to be carried out.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2016

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