CCC Delivers Advice on new Climate Change Bill

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published a report advising the Scottish Government on the new Climate Change Bill, including advice on the potential level of ambition for new Scottish climate targets

The Scottish Government had asked the CCC for advice on the central aspects of the new Climate Change Bill, which is set to be tabled in the Autumn.


The CCC’s report proposed two options for a new 2050 target for greenhouse gas reduction:

- retain the current target of an emissions reduction of at least 80% (on 1990 levels) by 2050. The legislation must set out a process to review the target at future dates with a view to amending it.

- set a 2050 emissions reduction target of 90% (on 1990 levels). This increase above the current target would more closely reflect the ambition set out in the Paris Agreement. A 90% target for all greenhouse gases could potentially be accompanied by a 2050 target to reduce Scotland’s CO2 emissions to ‘net-zero’.


Other proposals include:

- Scotland should set a target to reduce emissions by 66% in 2030 on 1990 levels, supported by a target for a 56% reduction by 2020. An interim 2040 target should be set to be consistent with the final 2050 ambition.

- The overall Scottish emissions accounting framework should change to a one based on actual emissions, instead of the current system which adjusts emissions in line with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). This shift would be more transparent than the existing framework and would encourage decarbonisation across all sectors of the Scottish economy.

- Scotland’s share of international aviation and international shipping should be included within Scottish emissions targets.

29 March 2017


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