The SNP MP remains a strong supporter of the Scottish Cluster Campaign, which backed the North-east bid for a Carbon Capture and Storage facility, despite it being passed over by the UK Conservative Government last week in favour of other, less-advanced, projects.
Mr Thomson also met in Westminster last month with constituent Hamish Stewart, one of Climate Action UK’s ‘Net Zero Heroes’, who shared the key recommendations from the first-ever UK-wide Climate Assembly with MPs.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“COP26 is now just days away and the eyes of the world will be on Scotland as we take to the global stage.
“The importance of the COP26 conference cannot be underestimated. It will be a pivotal moment in ensuring that the world works together to secure a comprehensive and ambitious set of outcomes that accelerate global climate action.
“It was a pleasure last month to meet with local ‘net zero hero’ Hamish Stewart at Westminster as part of Climate Action UK’s engagement with MPs. While most people support climate action, the message delivered was that they want climate policies to be fair and backed by better public engagement, choice and clear government leadership.
“The work to achieve net zero begins at home and Scotland has world-leading climate targets to achieve net zero by 2045. However, we need to leave the COP26 summit with more than just words and slogans - we need substantial commitments which will allow us to achieve those goals and secure the future of generations to come.
“The £500million transition funding announced recently by the First Minister for the North-east to secure low carbon jobs in our area is essential as we look to move towards a just transition, and increasing the number of people working in the renewables sector.
“Scotland is in a unique position to help make COP26 a success and also to showcase our commitments to the world – including what our businesses and communities are doing to meet our world-leading climate targets.”
Note: Photograph attached show Richard Thomson MP meeting Hamish Stewart at Westminster.