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BBC NEWS 28 APRIL 2019 - NICOLA STURGEON DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY AT SNP CONFERENCE - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a "climate emergency" in her speech to the SNP conference.
The aims and objectives of the 3rd Report are admirable. The plan is well thought out, though no provision has been made for electric road transport for vehicles that recharge instantly via battery cartridge exchange, though at least two prototype vehicles that load and unload their own cartridges have been produced in the UK and forgotten. Such cartridges might carry lithium cells or hydrogen fuel cells, though the hydrogen chain suffers severe losses in the conversion, especially if liquefying and re-conversion to gas is included. The most important aspect of any cartridge system for automobiles is the load leveling capability for storing renewable energy surplus and off peak generation.
Scotland though, is not unusual in failing to identify innovative solutions. In the USA, the California Air Resources Board turned away such solution as long ago as 1991, preferring to sit on the fence and wait for a super battery, or other miracle cures. As home to James Watt and Johns Logie Baird, Scotland of all places should know that there are no miracles, there is only development to perfect what is glaringly obvious, but avoided in favour of incremental improvements rather than change.
In the transport sector emissions will be expected to fall by 37% over the period of the Plan. We are phasing out the need to buy petrol and diesel engine cars and vans by 2032, a full eight years ahead of the UK Government. This will be driven by a significant increase in the uptake of ultra-low emission electric and hydrogen vehicles, which may also play a role in management of the wider energy system.
The vision is that by 2050, Scotland will be free from harmful tailpipe emissions from land transport, resulting in a significant reduction in overall transport emissions and we will be enjoying the social, health and economic benefits of noticeably improved air quality. Low emission zones in Scotland’s largest cities will limit the access of vehicles that exceed emissions benchmarks, while permitting unrestricted access for low emission cars, vans and buses, as well as smaller goods vehicles relaying goods from consolidation centres. Scotland will be a friendlier and safer place for cyclists and pedestrians. Decarbonisation of the transport system will lead to positive well-being outcomes for the people of Scotland as we transition to a cleaner, greener and healthier country.
We might expect up to a 35% improvement in the efficiency of new, larger shipping by 2035, based on hybrid and gas-powered engines, battery-electric engines, and the potential use of assistive technology, such as sails, kites, rotors and aerofoil hulls. Gradual uptake and stock differences mean that this may equate to 10% at the fleet level.
Emissions from maritime transport in 2015
were estimated to be 1.4MtCO2e, or 11% of total transport emissions. This compares to
2.6MtCO2e and 20% in 1990. Within that profile, emissions from international shipping
have been volatile year on year, while
Policy development milestone: Examining the scope for procuring hybrid and low carbon powertrains in the public sector marine fleet as part of a vessel replacement programme. Scotland are developing a programme of procurements to replace vessels in the Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) ferry fleet with lower emission powertrains. For each project we will consider diesel-electric hybrid and liquid natural gas (LNG) fuelling options; in addition CMAL will continue to pursue technical designs which improve fuel efficiency and CalMac Ferries Ltd will continue its operational work on reducing fuel consumption. We are supporting the Scottish-based Hyseas consortium with its initiative to trial a hydrogen powered ‘ro-ro’(roll-on, roll-off) vehicle ferry. Scotland publishes annual Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plans which set out their evolving plans and projects in more detail.
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Sandwick Trust, in collaboration with a number of industry partners
(Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM, CMAL, Johnston Carmichael and
Ferguson Marine), have published a feasibility study to assess the
suitability of using hydrogen produced from local wind farms to power
future ferry services operating in the Western Isles and West Coast of
A review of the planning system commenced in 2015, and the Planning (Scotland) Bill,
which sets out the desired changes to planning law, was introduced to the Scottish
Parliament in December 2017. The Bill proposes making the development plan less
A range of renewable technologies will
deliver clean, affordable electricity, including onshore, offshore and island wind, hydro,
solar, marine and bioenergy. The electricity generation emissions envelope set out in this
Plan allows for a renewables-dominant power system to be supported by cleaner, more
efficient and flexible gas generation.
This will provide an opportunity to support the deployment of less established renewable technologies in Scotland. These include offshore wind, island wind (subject to State Aid approval), marine technologies, advanced conversion technologies, anaerobic digestion and biomass with combined heat and power, although the Scottish Government knows that minimal ring fenced funds could have been set aside for marine and other less well established technologies that may struggle to compete with offshore wind.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY MPS 2017-2018
THE BEST OF THE WORST - GOOD, BAD & UGLY
607 SCHOOLS PROJECTS DELIVERED
RECORD NHS FUNDING
SMALL BUSINESS BONUS
30,133 AFFORDABLE HOMES BUILT
We like this a lot. If only England was so progressive.
The Scottish National Party is a Scottish nationalist and social-democratic political party in Scotland. The SNP supports and campaigns for Scottish independence. It is the second-largest political party by membership in the United Kingdom, behind the Labour Party, is the third-largest by overall representation in the House of Commons, behind the
Labour Party and the
Party, and is the largest political party in Scotland, where it has the most seats in the Scottish Parliament and 35 out of the 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the
Kingdom. The current Scottish National Party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has served as First Minister of Scotland since her predecessor Alex Salmond resigned on 20 November 2014, following the majority of the Scottish electorate's decision to reject independence at the Scottish independence referendum held on 18th September.
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