Michael Matheson named Scottish cabinet secretary for net zero, energy and transport

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, creates new role for net zero, energy and transport and appoints Michael Matheson as cabinet secretary.

Dropping infrastructure and connectivity from his previous title, Mr Matheson’s new position brings together cross government responsibility for coordination of net zero policy, encompassing transport, environmental protection, energy and COP26 delivery, highlighting the growing need for clear governance of the rapidly expanding green transport and green energy sectors.

Scottish Renewables chief executive, Claire Mack, said: “The establishment of this key position demonstrates that our industry is now a central part of Scotland’s economy and, of course, our transition to a net-zero carbon society.

“I congratulate Michael Matheson on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new position, which builds upon the work carried out as cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, as well as with other cabinet members whose portfolios include areas in which our members are active.”

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “This term of office is unquestionably the most important one the nation has faced since devolution, more than 20 years ago. We are dealing with the joint challenges of a global pandemic and recovery from it, the ongoing tests posed by Brexit and the urgent, pressing need to take forward our net zero agenda as part of the global efforts to secure a greener future.

“The magnitude of these challenges is clear, but now is not a moment to shirk from those tasks but to embrace them. In the next five years, we have a chance to shape Scotland permanently for the better, creating a healthier, happier, fairer, more prosperous and more sustainable country for everyone who calls Scotland home, establishing a positive legacy for future generations.”

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