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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03652: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what limits to the expansion of aviation travel will be necessary for Scotland to meet its climate change targets.

Answered by: Keith Brown 9 November 2016

The Scottish Government is taking an economy wide approach to emissions reduction. While we recognise that policies to boost economic growth by improving Scotland’s air connectivity may lead to an increase in aviation emissions, we are prepared to work harder in other areas to ensure we are driving down overall emissions. Our Climate Change Plan, to be published in draft in January 2017, will set out the package of policies and proposals to meet our existing ambitious targets out to 2032 under the 2009 Climate Change Act.

Next generation aircraft technology that improves performance and provides increased fuel efficiency will play a part in managing the environmental impact of the aviation industry. Indeed, the industry is constantly researching improvements that can deliver even greater efficiency and reduce future aviation emissions.