Supporting a green recovery for Scotland

The publication of the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, originally scheduled before 30 April, has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Plan will set out the Scottish Government’s proposals for meeting the updated emissions reductions targets set out in the 2019 Climate Change (Scotland) Act. The Plan will cover the years up until 2032, so will encompass the Act’s interim target of a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030.

The Scottish Government has asked the Committee on Climate Change for advice on the best way forward and how the Climate Change Update can contribute, in due course, to a green recovery for Scotland.

We support the Scottish Government’s decision to delay the publication of the updated Climate Change Plan due to the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We also support the Scottish Government’s approach in consulting the Committee on Climate Change for advice on how the Climate Change Plan update can contribute to a green recovery for Scotland.

We recognise that we currently face unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that we are in a climate emergency.

Work to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates the value of a collective response. Responding effectively to the climate emergency will be another collective challenge in which we must all play a part.

When published, the Climate Change Plan must include proposals of a scale which will enable us to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as we can before 2045.

To build public consent and support for this, the Plan must also set out actions aimed at educating people about the climate emergency and what we must do in response. To this end, Keep Scotland Beautiful offers Carbon Literacy training to organisations, businesses and individuals, through which we help people gain both an understanding of the impacts of climate change and the knowledge and motivation needed to take effective action in response.

Finally, we empathise with people across Scotland whose livelihoods or lifestyle choices are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and understand concerns people may have about further impacts caused by the huge changes that are required to tackle climate change. We support a just and fair transition to ensure no-one is left behind as we move towards a greener Scotland.

16 April 2020

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