Aviation demand in Scotland needs to fall by one third…

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Aviation demand in Scotland needs to fall by one third…

Aviation demand in Scotland needs to fall by one third by 2030 to hit climate aims
2021-10-04 10:27:00
The SNP Transport Minister Graeme Dey has demanded “radical behavioural change” in Scots’ transport choices – amid a warning that journeys by both plane and car will need to be permanently cut to end the country’s contribution to the climate crisis. There will need to be a significant reduction in demand for air travel, and technology alone will not achieve the transformational change required.  There needs to be a reduction of 33% in the number flight kilometres travelled, between the number in 2019 and 2030. Transport is Scotland’s biggest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but there is little progress in making cuts.  The SNP government has pledged to cut GHG emissions by 75% by 2030 and to become carbon “net zero” by 2045 (5 years ahead of the UK). An independent report, by consultancy Element Energy, says transformational change in individual and business behaviour, alongside shifting travel choices will be needed as well as advances in technology. The SNP Government has been told to rip up its contract with Heathrow which supports it building a 3rd runway, in light of the findings. .Tweet   ‘Radical change’: Aviation demand in Scotland needs to fall by one third by 2030 to hit climate aims 23rd September 2021 By David Bol @mrdavidbol  Political Correspondent (The Herald) AN SNP minister has demanded “radical behavioural change” in Scots’ transport choices – amid a warning that journeys by both plane and car will need to be permanently cut to end the country’s contribution to the climate crisis. The stark intervention from Transport Minister Graeme Dey comes after a new report on decarbonising the transport sector revealed that substantial behaviour change is needed on car travel, regardless of electric vehicles being ramped up – while a significant reduction in demand is needed in aviation. The SNP Government has been told to rip up its contract with Heathrow which supports expansion of the airport in light of the findings. Transport is Scotland’s biggest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but progress in cutting pollution in the sector since 1990 has stalled. Scotland has halved its emissions since 1990, but MSPs have pledged to cut them by 75% by 2030 and become carbon net zero by 2045. Forecasting by the Scottish Government hopes to see transport emissions reduced from 11MtCO2e in 202 to 6.5 MtCO2e by 2028 where it is expected to remain at that level until at least 2032. An independent report, drawn up by low carbon consultancy Element Energy, sets out that transformational change in individual and business behaviour, alongside shifting travel choices will be needed in tandem with advances in technology. The document recommendations include substantial behavioural changes in the use of car travel and measures introduced to put people off using motor vehicles such as removing

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