The Scottish government has today confirmed it is to delay publication of the imminent update to its national Climate Change Plan in response to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. An update to the country’s decarbonisation plan had been expected by the end of April, following last year’s ratcheting up of Scotland’s emissions target to deliver net zero emissions by 2045. But in a statement Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham confirmed the plan would now be postponed. Writing on Twitter, CCC chief executive Chris Stark said the delay was “entirely reasonable in the present circumstances”. He also praised the invitation for the Committee to advise on how the economic recovery can be constructed to support climate goals, hailing it as “a welcome sign of what is to follow”. The move comes amidst mounting speculation over how the various timetables to beef up global decarbonisation efforts will be impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
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