Urgent action needed to hit new emissions targets, finds Committee on Climate Change

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 14 September 2016 in News

Committee on Climate Change finds Scotland is leading the UK in emissions reductions

Emissions - credit: PA

Scotland is leading the UK in emissions reductions, but the Scottish Government will need to take urgent action if new targets are to be met, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change.

Scotland met its annual emissions target for the first time in 2014 with a fall of 13 per cent year-on-year, though the report states that the target had been met in part because of relatively warm recent winters.

The report found emissions have dropped by 46 per cent since 1990, compared to just under 33 per cent at a UK level.


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But with the SNP’s Programme for Government outlining plans to reduce emissions by more than 50 per cent by 2020, the report warned that "strong, credible policies" were needed to reduce emissions in transport and agriculture.

It called on the Scottish Government to reduce emissions from HGVs, introduce measures to promote efficient driving and encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

The CCC also urged ministers to produce an aviation strategy "in line with climate obligations and International Civil Aviation Organisation agreements".

Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “The forthcoming climate action plan and proposed new Scottish Climate Act are huge opportunities for all parties in the Scottish Parliament to show willing, work together and present a fresh plan with a clear timetable for all sectors to play their part.  

“This must include transport, where our emissions remain stalled at 1990 levels and housing, where emissions have reduced only 3 per cent since 2009. 

“This is the time for bold action to secure the many, many benefits Scotland could enjoy if it commits to a zero-carbon future.  We call on all parties to work together to ensure Scotland remains a world leader on climate action.”

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