Scotland makes strong progress on cutting climate emissions

Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running [1] Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

“It’s great news that Scotland has hit the annual target and reduced its climate emissions by 45 per cent [2] compared to the 1990 baseline and is well ahead of the 42 per cent 2020 target. Everyone who has played their part in achieving this reduction should be proud.

“Back in 2009, when Scotland’s first Climate Act was passed, there was no clear path to meeting the 42 per cent emissions reduction target and many were sceptical it could be achieved. Today’s results show that setting stretching targets works by driving innovation and strong policy delivery.  This success, along with support from the public, leading scientists and farming groups, should give the Scottish Government the confidence to aim high once again and set a net zero emissions target, by 2050 at the latest, in the new Climate Change Bill.

“2016 reflects the first full year since the closure of Longannet power station, showing the big impact you can have by phasing out dirty coal and switching to clean renewables.”

Scotland’s system of annual targets are an important opportunity for the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament to discuss what more we can do to tackle climate change. We need ideas and greater action from everyone if we are going to protect people and nature in every continent and country, from the effects of climate change. With the right ideas and action we can reap the rewards of building a zero emissions economy.

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Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government press release
https://news.gov.scot/news/strong-progress-on-climate-change

[2] 45% is the figure adjusted for the EU ETS scheme, which is the current accounting method prescribed by Scotland’s existing climate change legislation. The 45% figure is comparable to the 42% target established in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The Scottish Government has set out plans in its new Climate Change Bill to use to a clearer accounting system, reflecting Scotland’s real territorial emissions, under which our latest emission reduction would be 49%, with a target of achieving a 56% reduction by 2020.

[3] Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) is a diverse coalition of over 40 civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change.  Our members include environment, faith and international development organisations, trade and student unions and community groups. 

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