Category Archives: Renewable Energy

Renewables in Scotland Conference

I recently had the opportunity to chair a fascinating conference with Scottish Policy Conferences on the topic of renewables in Scotland; funding, innovation, and the next steps for policy. Scottish Policy Conferences arrange speakers and discussions on a variety of topics, … Continue reading

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Securing the future for BiFab

This week the Scottish Government announced that it would bring relief to the BiFab workers for the immediate future. Throughout this process, the workforce has acted with dignity and determination, and this Government intervention is very welcome. The uncertainty from … Continue reading

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VOTE REMAIN – THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT

The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour taking on fuel poverty

In South Lanarkshire over a third of people live in fuel poverty and it is unacceptable that people cannot afford to keep their homes warm.  This figure is not helped by the SNP’s decision to cut energy efficiency in the recent budget. … Continue reading

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Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world. Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed … Continue reading

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Debate on Fuel Poverty 

Last week I headed to the Chamber to debate the issue of fuel poverty. It is obvious now that the Scottish Government will not come close to meeting this year’s target to eradicate all fuel poverty, and the statistics on … Continue reading

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Scottish Labour will stand for environmental justice

My colleague Sarah Boyack MSP,  Scottish Labour Spokesperson on Environmental Justice, wrote this excellent article for Labour Hame on the Scottish Labour position on environmental issues. As our party and new leadership teams meet in Perth for conference, we can expect … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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New Lanark water power ahead of its time

I recently enjoyed a visit to New Lanark to learn about how the site has continually harnessed the Falls of Clyde for power. Throughout New Lanark’s working history as a cotton mill, water provided the main source of power for … Continue reading

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Royal Highland Show 2014

Agricultural and rural businesses from across Scotland have once again congregated at Ingliston for this year’s Royal Highland Show. The annual event is a showcase for Scotland’s diverse rural economy with exhibitors representing industries as diverse as farming, food and drink, clothing, … Continue reading

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