Climate Change Plan update and green recovery

The Scottish Government has asked the Committee on Climate Change for advice on how the Climate Change Update can contribute, in due course, to a green recovery for Scotland. The publication of the updated Climate Change Plan, originally scheduled for the end of April, has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news story on the Scottish Government's website, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“The Scottish Government is fully committed to tackling the global climate emergency and to updating the Climate Change Plan to reflect our ambitious net zero targets.

“However, in face of the unprecedented health and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic we have come to the view that publishing the Climate Change Plan update by the end of April is no longer feasible or appropriate. This does not mean that work on our ambitious plan will pause – indeed it will continue – but it is recognition that we are operating in a changed landscape.

“It is vitally important that our actions in the coming weeks and months, even those in response to other major global issues such as climate change, reflect the worldwide situation and support our national response.

“I have written to the Committee on Climate Change to request its independent expert advice on the best way forward in these unprecedented circumstances and how the Climate Change update can contribute, in due course, to a green recovery for Scotland.”

06 April 2020


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