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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

To ask the First Minister for an update on the reported fire aboard the MV Parida in the Moray Firth while it was carrying nuclear waste from Scrabster to Antwerp, which led to it drifting dangerously and to it subsequently requiring towage to sheltered waters for repair yesterday, and to ask what lessons must be learned.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener (Rob Gibson)

Good morning and welcome to the 25th meeting in 2014 of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. I remind everybody to switch off mobile phones et cetera as they can interfere with the sound system. Committee members may consult tablets during the meeting, because their meeting papers are provided on them.

Agenda item 1 is a decision on taking business in private. Do members agree to consider in private agenda item 4, which is on our approach to the scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill?

Members indicated agreement.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is an evidence-taking session with the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on Scotland’s climate change targets, and it follows our evidence session last week with stakeholders. Four committees have been looking at “Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027—The Second Report on Proposals and Policies”, which is also known as RPP2. The committee is now going to take a broader view of RPP2 and the climate change targets in the light of three successive years of our not meeting the immediate targets.

I welcome to the meeting the minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and his officials: Jim Gilmour, policy adviser at the directorate for energy and climate change, and John Ireland, deputy director of the low-carbon economy division at the Scottish Government. Members will have a paper in front of them.

Minister, do you wish to make any opening remarks?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Please do.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Thank you for that opening statement.

We know from evidence that we received last week from the United Kingdom CCC that Scotland has made what Dr Ute Collier called an “appropriate contribution” to meeting the UK’s first carbon budget targets, but we also know from WWF and many others that, although excellent progress has been made on renewables, a good deal more effort needs to be made on energy efficiency, transport and areas such as renewable heat. Do you have particular concerns about that? Can we attend to those issues and increase our efforts in those areas as part of our continuing work on climate mitigation?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

I note your reference to matters that will be dealt with by Lord Smith of Kelvin and which will involve input from various parties. As far as our budget for the next period is concerned, we will discuss some of those issues in detail once the budget documents have been published. We want to make more progress, but how do we plan to secure that on the basis of the resources that we have?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

As the committee knows, rural and fuel poverty are major issues. However, they need to be better stated in statistics, because if they were, we might be able to see the direction of policies that are trying to address them. Given that hard-to-heat and hard-to-treat houses have been known about for a long while, are you doing anything specific in the next round of your activities that will give us some certainty that the issue will be tackled?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

I am happy to take that issue forward in bilaterals with my housing colleagues, Margaret Burgess and, where relevant, Derek Mackay, who is the Minister for Local Government and Planning. These issues are important, and we recognise that regulation can be a driver where there is perhaps no incentive for the individual to do the work.

We can give the committee details of Government programmes that have been extended to private landlords in an attempt to incentivise them to improve the energy efficiency of boilers and so on, and steps have been taken to try to make it easier for landlords with private sector rented accommodation in rural areas to adapt their properties. However, I will raise with my colleagues and their relevant portfolios Mr Don’s point about whether regulation could drive that.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

I think that the next questions follow on from that.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

No doubt we can reflect the cross-cutting nature of the issues when we make our remarks after this process.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11102: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11098: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10310: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10107: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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