Government advisors call for more action to reduce Scotland’s emissions

Scotland’s largest civil society coalition highlights a new report calling for more effort from the Scottish Government to reduce Scotland’s emissions.
The Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition was responding to a new, independent expert assessment of Scotland's progress towards meeting its legally-binding greenhouse gas emission targets, set under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
The report, published today by the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC), says that more action is needed to meet future targets, particularly in low-carbon heat, energy efficiency, the public sector, transport, and agriculture and land use sectors.
Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:
“This report today from the Government’s own advisors is the fourth time they have advised that the Scottish Government needs to do much more to meet legal requirements on greenhouse gas emissions and deliver the benefits of a low carbon economy.” 
Ballantine continued: “Last year, the UK CCC recommended further policy effort from the Scottish Government on renewable heat and transport.  A Scottish Parliamentary committee of MSPs also recently called for ‘increased effort across all sectors’.  Despite the establishment of the Cabinet sub Committee on Climate Change, we have yet to see these recommendations put into effect by the Government.
“With the strongest call yet from their own advisors to do more to reduce emissions, it’s time for the Scottish Government to heed these repeated calls and take urgent action now to deliver on Scotland’s vitally important climate commitments.
“The Scottish Government must now commit to identifying and rolling out additional policy measures to reduce emissions.  The UK CCC report particularly highlights transport and heating buildings as areas that need urgent attention.
“This is a crucial year for the fight against global warming, as world leaders meet in Paris in December to thrash out a new global agreement on climate change.
“Scotland is rightly proud of its world-leading legislation on climate change but, as the Committee on Climate Change highlights today, the Scottish Government must deliver what is set out in our Climate Change Act, so that we can retain our credibility in this area and show other countries what the benefits are of a low carbon nation.”
  1. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is (SCCS) is the biggest civil society coalition in Scotland, with 60 organisations campaigning together on climate change. Its members include environment, faith and international development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups.
  2. SCCS is working to ensure Scotland plays its fair part in tackling climate change and that the commitments set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 are achieved, including targets to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
  3. The Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) report will be available from 0001 Tuesday 24 March at:
  4. The UK CCC is an independent statutory body established under the Climate Change Act to advise the UK Government on setting carbon budgets, and to report to Parliament on the  progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 
  5. Last year’s report:
  6. Report from Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on progress to meeting climate targets here.

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