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The Guardian: Scottish ministers face criticism for £5m Shell tree-planting scheme

Scottish ministers have been criticised for accepting £5m from Shell to help fund a tree-planting programme as part of its climate strategy.

The oil company said it would give the government agency Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) the money to plant or regenerate 1m trees in Scotland to help offset about 20% of its petrol and diesel sales at UK service stations.

The Scottish Green party said Shell’s pledge raised challenging questions about the Scottish government’s commitments to tackling the climate emergency, after Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, promised the country would cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2045.

“This is not meaningful action to address the climate crisis, it is greenwashing, pure and simple,” said Andy Wightman, the Scottish Greens’ land reform spokesman.

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