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Report assesses Scotland’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The eighth annual Progress Report to the Scottish Parliament, required by Scottish Ministers under The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 has been produced by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The CCC provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on greenhouse gas emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing these emissions and preparing for climate change.

The latest progress report was published on 17 December and assesses Scotland’s progress in achieving its legislated targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The CCC call for Scotland to match its world-leading climate change target (net zero by 2045) with decisive action in all parts of the economy.

Overall, greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 3% in 2017, with Scotland’s first full year of coal-free electricity generation playing a large part in the reduction. However, the report states that recent greenhouse gas emission reductions in other sectors were often small at best. The report highlights the importance of emissions reductions being economy-wide to ensure that Scotland does not miss its new interim target of a 56% reduction in emissions by 2020.

Key findings from the report:

  • Setting a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2045 represents a step-change in ambition for Scotland.
  • The Scottish Parliament’s 2030 target to reduce emissions by 75% will be extremely challenging to meet. It must be backed up by steps to drive meaningful emissions reductions, immediately.
  • Scotland’s Programme for Government 2019-20, alongside other recent policies, sent a clear signal that the Scottish Government is taking its more ambitious targets seriously, but there is much more to do.
  • Scotland’s ability to deliver its net-zero target is contingent on action taken in the UK, and vice versa.

You can read the full report on the CCC's website here.

20 December 2019

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