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Scottish Government commits to net-zero by 2045

The Scottish Government announced today that amendments have been lodged to the Climate Change Bill to commit to net-zero emissions by 2045 after declaring a climate emergency earlier this week.

We’re delighted to hear that Scottish Ministers have adopted the advice of independent experts, the UK Climate Change Committee, in response to calls from young people, scientists and businesses across the country.

In addition to the net-zero target for 2045, Scotland will reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040 – the most ambitious statutory targets in the world for these years.

Immediate action across all sectors of society is essential if these ambitious targets are to be achieved. Engaging the public to act will be vital to make sure that people across Scotland understand what changes are needed and why, to see a benefit from making low carbon choices.

As your charity for Scotland’s environment, we are committed to continuing to support and empower communities and young people to become aware of climate change and to act to reduce their carbon emissions.  As the only Carbon Literate Training Organisation in Scotland, we have delivered training to over 200 pupils in schools across Scotland through our Climate Ready Classrooms workshops and to over 350 individuals through our  Carbon Literacy for Communities initiative, delivering training to community-led organisations running carbon reduction projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, which we manage on behalf of the Scottish Government. 

02 May 2019

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