Tommy Sheppard | MP for Edinburgh East

Climate Change

Climate change and protecting the environment is something I have always been passionate about. I first got involved in politics in the late seventies through campaigning against nuclear power and ever since I’ve been an advocate of renewable energy. Since my election, I have taken an active interest in the campaign to protect our environment.

Within the wider debate on Climate Change I am becoming increasingly concerned that wood burning on an industrial scale is masquerading as a carbon neutral energy source and getting renewable that ought to be going to genuine renewable technologies. This is something I will be looking into in more detail in the months ahead.

Core Campaign Aims:

To have a just transition to a climate-sustaining economy with net zero carbon in a way which  minimises hardships for workers and communities

To preserve and protect wildlife and our natural environment

To work with others across the world to tackle climate change and its effects

To remove fossil fuels from transport, heating and power generation

Find out more about the campaign and the latest updates below:

March 2021 - CEE Bill reaches 100 supporters

The Climate and Ecological Bill is now supported by over 100 Members of Parliament. Find out more here.

February 2021 - Fairtrade Fortnight

Today I attended the Fairtrade APPG event. Whilst, like you, I find zoom meetings frustrating, sometimes they come into their own – like when you can speak direct to a Kenyan Fairtrade farmer live from his farm! I heard first-hand the struggle farmers and workers are facing as a result of the climate crisis. They need investment and fair prices.

September 2020 - Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

I was one of the 12 sponsors of a Private Members' Bill brought forward by Caroline Lucas MP. The Bill, if enacted, will deliver a serious climate and ecology strategy to:

1. Ensure that the UK plays its fair and proper role to limit global temperatures to 1.5°C by:
· enshrining a new target for the UK to reduce its real and fair share of emissions
· calculating the UK’s entire carbon footprint, domestically and internationally
· reducing reliance on speculative future carbon capture technologies

2. Actively conserve and restore the natural world by:
· protecting and restoring the UK’s ecosystems, with a focus on biodiversity, loss of species and species abundance, soils and natural carbon sinks
· mitigating the damage to nature caused by supply chains, domestically and internationally
· accounting the UK’s impact on nature as a consequence of consumption

3. Create a Citizens’ Assembly so that people have a real say in the creation of a fair and just transition to a zero carbon society.

Find out more here.

June 2020 - Climate Coalition Virtual Lobby

The Climate Coalition organised a virtual lobby this morning where I met with local constituents deeply concerned about the climate emergency. We covered a wide range of climate change topics including how we ensure a green recovery from Covid-19. Following the meeting I took forward a number of action points including writing to the Prime Minister.
February 2020 - Climate Coalition #ShowTheLove Campaign

Met with the Climate Coalition earlier today to lend my support to their latest campaign. We all need to be talking about the impact of climate change to #ShowTheLove for the people and places we want to protect from it. Find out more here.

November 2019 - Backed the Extinction Rebellion Three Demands Bill

Lent my support to the XR Three Demands Bill. Find out more here.

October 2019 - Extinction Rebellion protests in London

I met up some of the Scottish contingent of the Extinction Rebellion as they protested outside Parliament. They were protesting to protect the future of the planet for all of us.

May 2019 - My response to the Extinction Rebellion campaigners

Taking the actions required to tackle climate change won't be easy. But they are absolutely necessary. I used my Edinburgh Evening News column to lend my support to the Extinction Rebellion campaigners.
May 2019 - School pupils go on strike

I gave full kudos to the school students who were making their voices heard on climate change.I was pleased to be able to speak at their protest and offer my solidarity and it was great to hear so many passionate speeches from young activists.

April 2019 - SNP passes emergency resolution on Climate Change

I proposed a topical resolution at the SNP's Spring Conference. You can watch my speech here. The text of the resolution read:

Climate Change Protests

Conference applauds the actions by Scottish school students and the campaign by groups like Extinction Rebellion in drawing attention to the need for greater urgency in tackling climate change. Conference notes that if climate change continues unabated it will have catastrophic consequences for the future of the planet and the survival of humanity.

Conference welcomes the action taken by the Scottish government to tackle carbon emissions, setting world leading targets for reductions and taking the necessary steps to stop fracking in Scotland but notes that many of the economic and environmental powers necessary are reserved to Westminster.

Conference calls for the UK government to urgently accelerate action to tackle climate change including increasing the target for reducing CO2 emissions, cancelling fracking, increasing investment in renewable energy production and the transfer of all energy and environmental powers to the Scottish Parliament.

Tommy Sheppard MP

Hannah Bardell MP

Roz Currie, Elected Member of NEC

Portobello & Craigmillar Branch

October 2017 - Prime Minister's Questions
Getting a question at Prime Minster's Questions is rare. I was lucky and my name was pulled from the hat the week after the Scottish Government's announcment on fracking. It was clear that I had to ask Theresa May if the UK would follow suit. Watch it here.
October 2017 - Scottish Government announces effective ban on fracking
The Scottish Government announced it will not support the development of Unconventional Oil and Gas in Scotland, meaning there is an effective ban on fracking in Scotland. Read the statement from Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, here.
October 2017 - Publication of responses to consultation on Fracking
The Scottish government published the independent analysis of responses received to the consultation on unconventional oil and gas. Read it here.
March 2017 - Panel member at SNP Conference Fringe Event

Joined Luke Cooper and Sara Salyers at the SNP Socialists' fringe meeting: "Fracking, Land and Climate Jobs"

January 2017 - Scottish Government launch consultation on Fracking

The Scottish Government consultation on fracking gave ordinary people across Scotland the chance to have their say and be part of the review on unconventional oil and gas.
I have always been clear that I am opposed to a method of energy extraction which I believe poses significant risks to our health and wellbeing. Not to mention the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from continuing to burn fossil fuels. I was also aware that there were very strong feelings about this across Edinburgh East so I encouraged constituents to take part in the consultation.
December 2015 - Voted against UK Government Fracking plans
Voted against the UK Government's proposals to allow fracking in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are too many unanswered questions - leave it in the ground!
February 2015 - Edinburgh Evening News column
The Edinburgh Evening News allowed me to write a piece on fracking as the candidate for Edinburgh East. Read it here.
January 2015 - Scottish Government announce a moratorium on fracking