Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has committed her Scottish Government to investing £500 million into energy efficiency measures over the next four years.

In her Programme for Government, Sturgeon said she will introduce a Climate Change Bill to commit Scotland to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 50% from 1990 levels by 2020, having already hit the previous 2020 target of a 42% reduction.

She said: “As part of this Programme for Government, we will publish a new Climate Change Plan and a new Energy Strategy, which will together set out our low carbon infrastructure priorities.

“As well as helping us meet our climate change obligations, this will provide investors with certainty and a clear sense of direction.”

Announcement welcomed by green group

Her announcements were welcomed by environmentalists.

Lang Banks, Director of green charity WWF Scotland, said: “Commitments to new climate change and warm homes legislation will provide opportunities to bring forward new policies that will put us on track for securing the full benefits of a zero carbon future.

“Money for energy efficiency in the First Minister’s post European Union referendum stimulus package is a welcome recognition that tackling cold homes can create jobs, boost the economy and cut our climate emissions.”

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