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Scotland Failing to Achieve Green Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Scotland Failing to Achieve Green Targets

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Scotland has made mixed progress in its attempts to meet environmental targets, according to the public services watchdog.

In a report published on January 14, Audit Scotland said die country had successfully met several European and Scottish environmental targets but a number, including those on air quality and biodiversity, had not been achieved.

A long-term commitment and strong leadership were needed to continue to improve Scotland's environment, the watchdog stressed.

The report, Protecting and improving Scotland's environment, found that air quality in Scotland was generally good but that there were some areas where the quality was poor, mainly as a result of road traffic pollution.

It disclosed that some important waste management targets on landfill and recycling were at risk of not being met.

John Baillie, chair of the Accounts Commission, the body that audits local government, said it was concerning that 'taken together, councils' individuals plans are not yet adequate to meet landfill targets beyond 2010'. …

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