Scotland supports jobs and tackles fuel poverty: £1.6 billion of funding to directly support up to 5,000 jobs and tackle fuel poverty has been announced by the Scottish Government.

The funding is aimed at transforming the energy efficiency, heat of buildings and to rapidly accelerate decarbonisation and is part of the government’s enhanced Green New Deal.

An additional £500 million is being invested in Scotland’s natural economy, including an extra £150 million for flood risk management and £150 million to help deliver a 50% increase in woodland creation by 2024.

A £100 million Green Jobs Fund and £1.4 billion for low carbon projects as part of this year’s Programme for Government (PfG) has also previously been announced by the government.

Roseanna Cunningham, Environment and Climate Change Secretary said: “The coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented global crisis which has fundamentally changed every aspect of our lives. How we work, how we travel, how we use our land and other natural assets will all need to be re-imagined in order to build Scotland’s recovery and shape our future.

“This year’s Programme for Government makes clear that our commitment to tackling the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss is unwavering. Indeed, they are central to our recovery. We will ensure our recovery is one that creates good quality, green jobs and ensures a fair and just transition to net zero, leaving no one behind.

“The natural economy is a vital asset in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, responding to climate change, ending biodiversity loss and creating the new, green employment opportunities of the future. It is central to our PfG and to our green recovery plans.”

Scotland supports jobs and tackles fuel poverty

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