The SNP’s plan to cut air passenger duty (APD) shows they are full of hot air on climate change.

In December 195 countries across the world agreed to a historic deal on climate change. The deal means each country will attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the global average temperature to a rise “well below” 2C (3.6F) compared to pre-industrial levels – a level of warming deemed to be the point when dangerous climate change could threaten life on earth.

Scottish Labour’s Environmental Justice spokesperson Sarah Boyack MSP said that the SNP’s plans to cut, and then ultimately abolish, air passenger duty will see an extra 50,000 greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland every year.

The SNP have never hit ambitious annual targets on climate change set by the Scottish Parliament in 2009, and Scottish Labour said that cutting air passenger duty will just make it even more difficult to achieve the ambitions of Paris.

Scottish Labour Environmental Justice Spokesperson Sarah Boyack said:

“This winter in Paris we saw an agreement which has the potential to change the future of our planet for the better. For the first time ever the nations of the world have come together to agree that every single one of them will act to cut carbon pollution.

In the coming months and years we have a huge amount of work to do to deliver on the promises made in Paris, that means we should all consider doing our own bit to tackle climate change.

Yet one of the first things the SNP Government plan to do with the new powers coming to Scotland is to cut air passenger duty, at an initial cost of £125 million.

Scottish Labour believes that government would be better investing in our communities than on business class flights, but it will also make the ambitions of Paris all the more difficult to achieve. The SNP should reconsider this plan – or else their posturing on climate change just looks like a lot of hot air.”