The Liberal Democrats are calling for greater powers for Edinburgh Council to take action on carbon emissions as figures show progress to cut emissions across the UK has stalled since 2016.
Emissions have decreased in Edinburgh West as emissions have fallen from 8.7 per km² to 8.3 per km²- not fast enough to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050.
Highlighting the need for “action now, not promises”, the Liberal Democrats are calling for more powers for those who are “best-placed to tackle the climate emergency in their areas”: local authorities.
Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West said:
“Whilst I’m pleased to see that air pollution in Edinburgh has improved since we have been in lockdown, we must not take our eye off the ball. No one knows what will happen after lockdown is lifted.
“Protecting that progress must remain a top priority as we know that toxic air contributed to 1 in 29 deaths in the city.
“The Liberal Democrats are fighting to tackle the climate emergency, and that includes here in Edinburgh West. We have a plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045, but - as things stand - we’ll struggle to even meet the 2050 deadline.
“Local authorities are best placed to tackle the climate emergency, and improve air quality, in their area. We are calling for the Government to give local authorities more powers to take action on carbon emissions. This means powers to tackle congestion, invest in public transport, insulate our homes, and create new green jobs."