Politicians push for transition board at Mossmorran
Bid to follow plans for Grangemouth
Politicians have called for a Just Transition Board to be set up for Mossmorran, to decarbonise operations, and support staff into new jobs in low carbon industries.
The Green Party raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament this week, and were backed by Annabelle Ewing, SNP MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife.
The move came after the Scottish Government announced a Grangemouth Future Industry Board to support a Just Transition at that plant as part of its ‘Programme for Government.’
Alison Johnstone, Greens co-leader, asked the First Minister to make a similar commitment to communities around Mossmorran.
Mark Ruskell MSP, a long-standing critic of the plant, said, “Fife must not be left behind.
“The operations at Mossmorran are linked to the wider oil and gas sector in Scotland and a Just Transition board for that plant too is much needed.”
He said the closure of Longannet in 2016 without a transition plan in place for the local community was “an absolute farce.”
He added:” A Just Transition board to look at how Mossmorran can either drastically reduce its emissions or begin to wind down operations, with investment and support for new, low carbon jobs for the workforce, is desperately needed.”
Ms Ewing has also written to Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, urging him to make the move for Mossmorran.