Here are the stories making the business headlines across Scotland and the UK this morning.

Environment campaigners launch legal bid over scallop dredging

Environmental campaigners have launched a legal bid against the Scottish government over "damaging" scallop dredging.

Open Seas, which works to protect the marine ecosystem, said licensing of the practice was "trashing the sea bed". It accused ministers of "regulatory negligence" by allowing it.

The group has used underwater cameras to record habitats on Scotland's coast.

The BBC says a petition for a judicial review will go to the Court of Session today.

Compensation threat if bottle return scheme axed

Humza Yousaf has said he expects businesses to demand compensation from the UK government if Scotland's deposit return scheme does not go ahead.

The first minister said Westminster had put his government in a "really difficult position".

Circular economy minister Lorna Slater has warned that without a Scottish exemption from the UK's Internal Market Act, the Scottish scheme could be axed.

The UK government is still considering the exemption request.

Exxon says reaching net zero global emissions by 2050 ‘highly unlikely’

Exxon Mobil has said the prospect of the world reaching net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is “highly unlikely” due to the drop in living standards that would come with such a scenario.

The Texas oil giant made the comments in a regulatory filing that argued against proxy adviser Glass Lewis’ view that the cost of phasing out oil and gas operations would be a material financial risk.

The International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Emissions scenario, which models a phaseout of most fossil fuels by 2050, has little bearing in reality, Exxon said.

Work-related suicide probe call

Every work-related suicide should be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, experts have said, in the wake of the death of a head teacher following an Ofsted inspection.

The family of Ruth Perry, who took her own life in January, say the inspection put her under huge mental pressure.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, the experts say there should be change.

Hospitality sector splashes out on pay increases

Workers in the hospitality industry have reported receiving above-average salary increases last year as the sector struggles with a skills shortage.

Hospitality employees received an average pay rise of 9.5%, according to a survey by, a hiring website, compared with the national average of 6.6%.

Those working for pubs received the highest pay rises at 11.3%, The Times reports.

Low-traffic zones ‘just greenwashing’, says lobby group

The government has been accused of “greenwashing” a key part of its active travel policy after the Department for Transport said it could give no evidence that low-traffic neighbourhoods reduced the number of miles driven.

An official responsible for the schemes, known as LTNs, which ministers present as environmentally friendly, said no studies on the effect on distance travelled had been requested because “LTNs don’t exist to reduce miles driven”.

The statement has alarmed campaigners who query LTNs’ effect on the climate. Clair Battaglino, of Social and Environmental Justice, a group set up to lobby against LTNs, said: “Until we see better evidence, claims that LTNs are good for the planet are just greenwashing.”

Similar schemes are currently being rolled-out in Scotland, including in Aberdeen.

Supermarkets face labelling products four times under Sunak’s Windsor deal

Supermarkets face having to label food as “not for EU” in four different ways under Brexit plans being discussed by the Government.

Grocery chiefs are understood to be expecting to have to place labels denoting food cannot be sent to the EU on not only the individual packs of food, but also on cases carrying products and on supermarket shelves.

The Telegraph says this follows discussions in recent weeks with officials and was described by one senior supermarket boss as “gold plating” the so-called Windsor framework.

It could, they said, potentially result in stores replacing millions of shelf edge labels.

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