The environment secretary has insisted she is “pretty confident” Scotland can hit its climate change targets, despite expert advisers describing them as on the “fringes of credibility”. Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), an independent advisory body, has already told MSPs there are concerns over whether targets on cutting emissions can be met. The CCC had recommended setting a goal of cutting emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, but the Scottish parliament voted to go further and fixed a 75 per cent target. Stark told Holyrood’s environment, climate change and land reform committee: “In terms of the credibility of the plan, I think it’s on the fringes of credibility but so too is the Scottish 2030 target itself.” But Roseanna Cunningham told the committee: “I am not entirely sure I would get terribly stressed by Chris Stark’s comments. The Committee on Climate Change, our statutory advisers, recommended 70 per cent by 2030. We chose to go beyond that to 75 per cent. It would have been remarkable if Chris Stark had come to the committee and said, ‘oh well, now you mention it 75 per cent is OK, we were wrong’.” Cunningham was speaking as she was questioned by MSPs on the Scottish government’s updated climate change plan, which was published in December and sets out what ministers insist are “bold actions” aimed at meeting targets to cut emissions by 2032.
Times 16th Feb 2021 read more »
FINANCE Secretary Kate Forbes has warned that Scotland will not be able to meet its ambitious climate targets without “leveraging in private investment” to help clean up the economy. Scotland has committed to reducing 1990 levels of carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 on the way to becoming a carbon net zero economy by 2045, five years ahead of the UK Government. Ms Forbes was quizzed about her draft Budget and whether it aligns with the key climate pledges when she appeared in front of Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – insisting that both go “hand in glove”.
Herald 15th Feb 2021 read more »