Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined plans to boost infrastructure spending by £1.5 billion a year, including extra cash for clean energy.

The Scottish Government’s programme commits ministers to spending an extra £7bn on infrastructure by the end of the next Scottish Parliament session in 2026.

The government’s schedule of work includes £15 million to create a further 1,500 electric vehicle charging points, with 150 in public places.

A consultation will be launched “later this year” on ministers’ plans to create a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company.

‘Missed opportunity’

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of trade body Scottish Renewables, said: “Expansion of Scotland’s electric vehicle infrastructure will make it easier for drivers to cut carbon and take advantage of the renewable power produced here in Scotland while embracing the shift to a smarter, more modern energy system.”

But Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie branded the programme for government as a “missed opportunity” and added: “The latest household survey shows more Scots than ever think climate change is an immediate and urgent problem, so the government needs to be much bolder in its actions.

“Its climate change bill is a missed opportunity and represents a slowdown in the rate of action to reduce emissions.”

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