NICOLA Sturgeon will unveil her party’s blueprint to tackle the climate emergency – putting a focus on developing hydrogen technology and decarbonsiing heating systems.

The SNP Government has previously committed to cutting car kilometres by 20% by 2030 and decarbonise 1 million homes by 2030.

The First Minister is set to outline additional policies to help efforts for Scotland to cut 1990 levels of carbon by 75% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2045.

The SNP is set to push ahead with developing Scotland’s hydrogen sector – which could in the future be used as a replacement fuel for traditional gas boilers.

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Ms Sturgeon’s party wants to produce 5GW of energy from hydrogen by 2030 and explore the use of hydrogen trains as an alternative to diesel and electrification.

The party will also set out plans to increase targets for new woodland creation by 50%, from 12,000 hectares up to 18,000 hectares by 2025 and invest £250 million to support the restoration of 250,000 hectares of Scottish peatland by 2030.

Speaking on a visit to Scottish Power’s Whitelee Windfarm in East Renfrewshire today, Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say: “In the midst of all the upheaval in our lives over the last year, the climate emergency hasn’t gone away - if anything, the need to take action becomes more pressing with every day that passes.

“The eyes of the world will be on Scotland later this year as Glasgow hosts the COP26 summit, so we must seize the moment and show leadership in helping bring about real global change.

“If re-elected, an SNP Government will ramp up our efforts to become a Net Zero nation by 2045 - with significant and wide-ranging investments which will not only reduce our emissions, but will significantly improve our quality of life.”

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She will add: “In Government the SNP has invested enormously in unlocking Scotland’s renewable energy potential - and last year more than 97% of our electricity demand was met from renewable sources.

"By 2030 we aim to generate 50% of Scotland's overall energy consumption from renewable sources, and by 2050 we aim to have decarbonised our energy system almost completely.

“As part of our journey to becoming a net zero nation we are the first country in the UK to publish a hydrogen policy statement that sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector. Scotland can become a world leading centre for the hydrogen economy - decarbonising our energy system and creating thousands of jobs.

“And we’ll build on Scotland’s strong track record of tree planting and peatland restoration, with a £250m investment to support the restoration of 250,000 hectares of Scottish peatland by 2030.

"What we have learned in the pandemic is that, when we need to, society is able to come together to take radical action for the common good - as we head into the recovery from Covid, we must keep that spirit alive to build a sustainable recovery.

“By giving both votes to the SNP on May 6, the people of Scotland can elect a government which is absolutely committed to tackling the climate emergency and ensuring that the recovery from Covid is a sustainable one which will benefit future generations.”