Any steps taken by rural and farming businesses to reduce emissions now will pay dividends in the future and there is an opportunity to get ahead of the curve on diversification and realising new environmentally friendly income streams. Tensions do, however, continue to arise in terms of land use. Here we take a look at some of the big issues.
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In recognition of the severe impact that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have on Scotland's tourism industry, the Scottish Government announced several important support packages in December 2020, with the overall goal of helping the industry survive the impacts of the pandemic. One of these support packages, the "Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund", operated by VisitScotland, is due to open for applications in early February 2021. Below we take a high-level look at the fund and, in particular, the types of marine and boating businesses that could potentially benefit from it.
A report on initial scoping of options for reform of land tax policy has been published by the Scottish Land Commission. The report does not make any recommendations on the best route for Scotland, as it says this is a matter of policy, but does assess the current framework of land tax and set out potential options for reform.
Plans to protect at least 30% of Scotland’s land for nature by 2030 – and to examine options to extend this further – have been announced by the Scottish Environment Secretary.
The UK Government published the long awaited Energy White Paper (EWP) at the close of 2020, setting out the Government's vision for the transformation of the UK energy system. It has, for the first time, sought to address energy-related policy from disparate sectors in a single, ‘whole-system’ strategy; from energy generation and heat efficiency, to system governance. Here, we highlight the key points.