Representatives from across the political spectrum are set to be quizzed on their response to the climate emergency as part of an environmental hustings.

The Herald will present a special debate on the future of Scotland’s climate in partnership with ScottishPower and WWF exploring how the main parties will deal with environmental issues ahead of the December 12 vote.

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The event, chaired by journalist Bernard Ponsonby, will feature Labour’s shadow under-secretary of state for Scotland, Paul Sweeney, LibDem MSP Liam McArthur, Green MSP Mark Ruskell and the SNP’s Westminster spokesperson on Transports, Infrastructure and Energy Alan Brown.

The Conservative and Brexit Party representatives are yet to be announced for the event, which takes place at ScottishPower’s Glasgow headquarters tomorrow.

However, organisers have not confirmed whether any ice sculptures will be in place of missing candidates.

Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower, said: “In a fortnight we’ll know who’s forming a new government in Westminster. Whoever walks through the door of Number 10 Downing Street will find themselves with a full in-tray. Top of the pile is what we’re going to do to deliver a practical plan on the climate emergency, one of the biggest issues in this election.

“Scotland has already set some of the most ambitious targets in the world to cut carbon emissions, we want to be net zero by 2045, the rest of the UK by 2050.

“That seems a long way away, but in planning and investment terms it’s not.

“That’s why we’re partnering with the WWF to host a hustings with five main parties to hear directly how they would tackle the climate emergency.

“At ScottishPower, we’ve changed. Since January we’ve generated 100 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources and achieving this took nearly 20 years. It meant taking tough decisions with the future in mind.

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“We also all know we have to change and we’ve commissioned independent research to set out the scale of the challenge. It found that we need around two million electric vehicle charging points and to install just under two million heat pumps in Scotland by 2045 to hit our target. Doing this won’t be easy, but it will create over 10,000 jobs along the way. 

“We are on a journey to help get communities to get to net zero and we hope all parties will join us.”

You can tune into the debate here or on The Herald’s Facebook page from 2:35pm.