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STPR2 analytical framework outdated for era of the Climate Emergency

Transform Scotland has published its response to the Transport Scotland call for views on ‘Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) – National Case for Change Report’. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The report contains a useful analysis of key challenges that are faced by transport. It is also welcome also to see a formal rejection of…


Parliament seeking views on Climate Change Plan

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) is scrutinising the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan. As part of this, the ECCLR Committee is seeking views on what people would be willing to do to reduce their own emissions and what the Scottish Government should be doing to support these changes. To submit your…


Scottish Budget: “This is in no way a Climate Emergency response”

Responding to the publication of the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Existing Scottish Government capital expenditure plans systematically favour high-carbon over low-carbon infrastructure. [1] “Transport is the largest sector for climate emissions. Today’s announcement of an extra £500m on low-carbon spend will barely turn the dial. This is…


New transport strategy fails to set out concrete programme of action to tackle the Climate Emergency

NEW TRANSPORT STRATEGY FAILS TO SET OUT CONCRETE PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: “Simple hypocrisy” to talk of global climate emergencies whilst prioritising new high-carbon infrastructure spend   Transform Scotland has today (Wednesday 5 February) responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy. [1] [2] Colin Howden, Director…


Sheriffhall scheme at odds with Ministers’ Climate Emergency commitments

We have today submitted our objection to Transport Scotland’s proposal for a £120 million roundabout on the Edinburgh city bypass. Transform have objected to the proposals on the grounds that it will fail to reduce congestion, that the high cost could be better spent in sustainable transport investment, and that the scheme is incompatible with…


New Year’s Message: Addressing the climate emergency needs a transport revolution

Opportunity for change: business as usual, fuelled differently or a just, inclusive vision? The UK Climate Change Committee report published on 17 December shows that serious action is needed on transport, with emissions from transport at the highest level since the Climate Change (Scotland) Act was passed in 2009. This trend should have been going…


Scottish Public Bodies can and must change their ways on climate

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the role of the Scottish public sector in tackling climate change. Transform’s director Colin Howden said: “The Scottish Public Bodies have a vast workforce and have a huge influence on society, lifestyles and transport impacts — so they absolutely can make a big difference. All…


The greenest option for Anglo-Scottish travel — Rail produces a fifth of the climate emissions that comes from air travel

Virgin Trains have today published figures that show a record number of people have opted to travel on Virgin trains’ Anglo-Scottish rail services instead of flying. In the 12 months to July 2019, 29% of people chose to travel with Virgin Trains rather than flying between Glasgow and London. This is nearly 2% more than…


True leadership shown by today’s climate strikers

Friday 20 September marks a year since the beginning of the School Strikes for Climate. The strike this Friday will be the biggest ever with people across Scotland and the rest of the world choosing to strike from school and work to call on decision-makers to address the climate emergency with genuinely transformational changes. Transform…


Climate Emergency: Parliamentary briefing ahead of Programme for Government

Ahead of this afternoon’s Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement, we’ve published the briefing we circulated to the Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of today’s statement. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “We’re looking forward to hearing more on Scottish Government’s response to the Climate Emergency and the commitment to the transformational change…