STOP CLIMATE CHAOS SCOTLAND Press Release - For Immediate Release
2 June 2009
STATEMENT FROM STOP CLIMATE CHAOS SCOTLAND
The Scottish Parliament Transport Infrastructure and Climate
Change Committee resumed today (Tuesday) to continue its discussions
on Stage 2 of the Scottish Climate Change Bill.
Reacting to the Committee's decision to approve Labour MSP Cathy
Peattie's amendment on climate change duty for public bodies:
Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:
"SCCS is very pleased that the Labour, Liberal Democrats and
Green members voted in favour of Cathy Peattie's amendments. The
duty will mean that all public bodies in Scotland will have to
take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We believe this
is an extremely important step in ensuring the public sector leads
by example. With a strong 2020 target, this Bill can show real
vision, but all the parties need to play a role."
On the amendment tabled by the SNP's Shirley-Anne Sommerville
on consumption reporting which was also approved: Dr Richard Dixon,
Director of WWF Scotland said: "This is a very important measure.
We don't make steel in Scotland any more but we certainly still
use it in products ranging from cars and washing machines to steel
beams for buildings. All the emissions from making that steel
for us are now counted as some other countries problem. Including
annual reporting on consumption means we will be able to see what
emissions we are causing around the world by buying goods and
services from overseas. "This will help us to cut our climate
footprint at home and abroad, as well as persuading politicians
to make our own industries greener rather than exporting both
emissions and jobs overseas."
Notes to editors:
 Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse, growing
coalition of organisations campaigning on climate change. The
SCCS Coalition has 60 Scottish members, representing more than
2 million supporters, ranging from environment and development
groups to faith organisations, trade unions, student societies,
care providers and many more.
For full details visit www.stopclimatechaos.org/scotland
 In December world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to agree
a new international climate deal that will come into force when
the first phase of the Kyoto treaty expires in 2012.
 SCCS will be helping organize a Climate Change march in Glasgow
on 5th December.