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Climate Change Plan

Community action through the Climate Challenge Fund features in Plan.

The draft Climate Change Plan; the third report setting out policies and proposals for meeting annual climate change targets was launched by the Scottish Government last week.  It builds on the previous reports published in 2011 and 2013.

The Plan is part of the strategic framework for the transition to a low carbon Scotland and includes policies and proposals to reduce emissions from electricity generation, housing, transport, services, industry, land use, waste, and agriculture from 2017-2032.

Community action through the Climate Challenge Fund is featured in the Climate Change Pan, on page 15, section 3.2. The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grant programme that is managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.  We provide support, resources and training and organise events to support community groups taking action on climate change.

Since the Climate Challenge Fund was introduced in 2008, 588 communities across Scotland have been awarded grants totalling £75.7 million to run community-led projects that reduce local carbon emissions, improve their local areas and help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful commented: We welcome the publication of the Climate Change Plan which presents pathways for our country to meet future climate change targets, while delivering sustainable economic development and associated community benefits.

"Scotland has set national targets, and we need continued and further collective effort to meet them. This requires us all to play our part, from public bodies, to businesses, to communities, and individuals.”

Find out more about how you can reduce carbon emissions through the work we are doing:

Supporting communities to take action on climate change through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund which has made awards of over £75 million to 588 community-led organisations since 2008.

Supporting public bodies to report on, and take action on, climate change through the Sustainable Scotland Network. There is a new e-learning module available online now.

Carbon management to support organisations reduce their carbon emissions and costs.

Educating the next generation about climate change and how they can take action through Eco-Schools Scotland.

We have also collated a number of actions you can take to help Scotland meet its climate change targets: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/takeclimateaction

We are a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a diverse coalition of civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. You can read their statement here.

24 January 2017

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