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Draft Climate Change Plan Published

The Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan was published on 19 January. The draft Plan sets out out how Scotland can reduce emissions by 66% by 2032. Four parliamentary committees have launched a joint call for views on the draft Plan on how it will meet climate change targets from 2017 to 2032.

The draft Climate Change Plan is the Third Report on Policies and Proposals (RPP3) to reduce emissions in Scotland, building on previous reports published in 2011 and 2013. The draft plan sets out that by 2032:

- Scotland will have a fully decarbonised electricity sector able to remove CO2 from the atmosphere
- 80% of domestic heat will be provided by low carbon heat technologies
- The proportion of ultra-low emission new cars and vans registered in Scotland annually will reach at least 40%
- 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands will be restored (against 1990 levels)
- Scotland will have increased the annual woodland creation target to create 15,000 hectares per year.

The draft plan will be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament over a 60 day period after which the final Climate Change Plan will be published.

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Local Government Committee and the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee are all seeking views on the draft Plan ahead of evidence hearings. Each Committee will separately consider the elements of the Report within their remit and will report directly to Parliament.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has welcomed the publication of the draft Climate Change Plan. See the full statement.

24 January 2017

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