Woodland expansion and a carbon tax.

Scotland should aspire to double tree cover by the 2050. 

This should include areas of naturally regernatated woodland following better deer managment, and also increasing the area of forestry plantations.

There should be a "carbon tax" on all raw materials and consumption, and the revenues raised used to support sustainable woodland and forest managment. 

Why the contribution is important

An increased supply of sustainable timber and fibre, will underpin investment in the circular bioeconomy replacing carbon intesive material such as concrete, steel and plastic.

To reach emissions targets we urgently need to decarbonise and a sustainable bio-economy will help reduce emissions and encourage investment in rural areas. 


by AndrewHeald on October 25, 2020 at 11:08PM

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  • Posted by Gregor October 26, 2020 at 09:09

    Why wait till 2050...green transition now linked to banning flights tax
  • Posted by MarkColyer October 26, 2020 at 13:25

    I agree with much of this suggestion. The sustainable production of timber will be critical interring to reduce our dependance on material such as concrete. And naturally regenerated woodland is highly desirable, although not necessary a practical source of harvestable timber. Care must however, be taken to ensure that that the reforestation occurs in appropriate locations without repeats of, for example, the Flow country debacle.
  • Posted by DeclanM October 26, 2020 at 14:03

    Agree with Gregor - good idea but 2050 is too far away. Make it 2040.
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