Motion S5M-17373: Springfield Properties, Making Use of Waste Plastic

22 May 2019

That the Parliament congratulates the Moray-based firm, Springfield Properties, on, it understands, being the first house builder in the UK to build a road on a housing development using waste plastic; understands that this is part of the project at its Linkwood Steadings development in Elgin; notes that the company joined forces with the Alness-based asphalt producer, Pat Munro, and MacRebur, which is a Lockerbie-based business that is responsible for developing this innovative technology that enables waste plastic to be added to asphalt for use on roads; agrees that what it sees as such examples of environmental ingenuity, planning and cooperation are indispensable for Scotland to become a climate-neutral nation, and commends all three companies for their role in making Scotland a greener and cleaner society.

Motion S5M-17323: Beatrice Built

15 May 2019

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the construction of the 588 MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth has now been completed, making it the largest offshore wind farm in the world using jacket foundations; congratulates Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited, a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and the Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited, on its achievements; considers that the Beatrice wind farm, which is expected to power approximately 450,000 homes, is another important step towards to climate neutrality in Scotland, and further considers that this ground-breaking project reinforces Scotland’s position as a world leader in renewable energy development.

Motion S5M-17322: Glasgow Making the First Move on Climate Neutrality

15 May 2019

That the Parliament notes that Glasgow City Council, in partnership with Scottish Power, has committed to ambitious plans that would see Glasgow become the UK’s first “net-zero” city; understands that the partnership aims to reach this target earlier than what it considers the already progressive target of 2045 set out by the Scottish Government; further understands that it is hoped that such a target will create a “race to zero” between other cities, including Edinburgh, that are aiming to balance greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting; commends the vision and cooperation of Glasgow City Council and Scottish Power, and encourages other Scottish cities to make similarly ambitious climate-neutral plans.

Motion S5M-17296: Longest Parliamentary Session Since the Wars of the Three Kingdoms

14 May 2019

That the Parliament notes that 14 May 2019 marks the 300th sitting day of the current UK parliamentary session, which is the longest parliamentary session since April 1653 at the time of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; believes that this is due to a senseless impasse that has left the UK without a functioning government; commends the Scottish Parliament for, it considers, getting on with the day job, focusing on what really matters to people and not being obsessed with the constitution, while, it believes, the Conservative and Labour parties continue to talk without apparently really negotiating, and urges the UK Government to bring an end to what it sees as this fiasco by agreeing to a so-called People’s Vote.