As part of that, Ms Sturgeon argued at least £1 billion should be set aside to support a “just transition” for areas like the north-east, Falkirk and Shetland where the oil and gas industry is a major employer.
They have announced plans to divest from 134 oil and gas exploration and production companies held in its US$1 trillion investment fund. Further, the country’s big-picture economic and fiscal situation does not fully explain why the fund should divest from the oil and gas exploration and production sector.
She said: “The SNP will never argue for the oil and gas industry to be shut down overnight.”The First Minister, campaigning in Aberdeen in the run-up to next month’s General Election, said: “We must do everything in our power to tackle the climate crisis and Scotland has set the most ambitious legal targets in the world.
Policy Acts of 2002 and 2005.
“But we also have to ensure that areas like the north-east of Scotland, where the economy has been built on the oil and gas industry, are supported to make the transition to new low or no carbon industries.”
SNP ministers have already put through legislation committing Scotland to achieving net zero emissions by 2045 – five years ahead of the UK target.
Ms Sturgeon said while areas such as Aberdeen and the north-east were already “playing a major part in Scotland’s renewables revolution”, ring-fencing cash from oil and gas revenues and investing it in a net-zero fund could help “deliver real benefits to these communities and to our environment”.
The First Minister continued: “The SNP has long argued that revenues from oil and gas should be invested for the long term, rather than fund day-to-day spending.Westminster failed to set up an oil fund, where Norway’s is now worth one trillion dollars and is investing hugely in the low carbon economy.
“We should seize the opportunity to ensure we do not waste future revenues in the same way.
“We need to take urgent action to diversify our transport and energy sources, and to speed that up, tax revenues from oil and gas should be invested directly in the transition.”
According to the WWF, the whole world could get all the power it needs from renewable resources by 2050, ending our reliance on fossil fuels and other depleting resources – but only if the right political, financial and societal decisions are made, and quickly.