SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO

Emma Roddick has today highlighted the need to find balance in achieving net-zero whilst also not pushing island communities further into fuel poverty.  The Highlands and Islands MSP expressed her support for Scottish Government plans to achieve carbon-neutral status in the Isles whilst also sharing concerns on how this could be achieved fairly. Commenting sheContinue reading “SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO”

SNP MSP OPENS HOLYROOD EVENT ON TRANSFORMATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH IN HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

On Thursday [24TH MARCH], speaking at a briefing for MSPs on globally significant energy research in the Highlands and Islands, SNP MSP Emma Roddick said that ‘people are screaming out across the world for the lessons that only the Highlands and Islands is ready and able to teach’ and emphasised the importance of researching theContinue reading “SNP MSP OPENS HOLYROOD EVENT ON TRANSFORMATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH IN HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS”

Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has praised Scottish Government work on the Island Communities Fund, noting that it poses a real opportunity for Scotland’s islands to become more economically sustainable and self-sufficient as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Commenting, Roddick said: “This is a time of change on Scotland’s islands. While they have facedContinue reading “Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy”

Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, SNP MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the concerns of Scottish ports not in the running to become ‘green freeports’ under joint Scottish-UK Government plans and insisted on the importance of continuing to scrutinise the plans going forward. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is crucial that none of our ports are forgotten asContinue reading “Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny”

Highlands and Islands MSP welcomes “tide change” in renewable energy production

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed new funding which will allow construction of offshore wind farms in 17 lots just off the Scottish coastline, including in 11 lots around the Highlands and Islands. Around £1 billion in investment is expected for every 1gw of capacity proposed helping make a just energy transition a reality. Commenting,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP welcomes “tide change” in renewable energy production”

Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality

SNP MSP Emma Roddick raised in Parliament last week the high transmission charges faced by renewable energy developers in Scotland compared to other areas in the UK, where their equivalents are paid to join, questioning the Government on whether this could harm the SNP’s goal of supporting at least three of Scotland’s islands to becomeContinue reading “Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality”

SNP MSP calls for wider change to support local businesses

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has argued in Parliament for consideration of the wider “causes of low footfall” when designing business support. In a debate on the Scotland Loves Local Fund, which recently paid out its first round of grants including £20,000 to Inverness and surrounding areas, she celebrated that this funding was “atContinue reading “SNP MSP calls for wider change to support local businesses”

SNP MSP urges constituents to respond to National Planning Framework consultation

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has urged residents of the Highlands and Islands to respond to the ongoing consultation on the fourth iteration of the National Planning Framework, which will set out Scotland’s development and infrastructure needs up to the year 2045. Commenting, Roddick said: “People only tend to object to or express support for proposedContinue reading “SNP MSP urges constituents to respond to National Planning Framework consultation”

Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail

Emma Roddick MSP has emphasised the importance of promoting freight by rail in parliament today, questioning the Scottish Government on whether this had been fully considered in the development of the second phase of Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2) which determines which transport projects in Scotland will be prioritised for funding. Roddick has beenContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail”

Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature

Emma Roddick MSP visited Migdale and Ledmore woods this week to chat to Woodland Trust workers about upcoming changes to legislation and their plans to introduce capercaillie to the woods. Roddick, who is the Scottish Environment LINK “Capercaillie Champion”, said: “It was great to get out in the fresh air and talk to the WoodlandContinue reading “Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature”