GREEN campaigners have accused the Scottish Government of “flawed thinking” and “unjustified optimism” over their plan to cut emissions. Friends of the Earth Scotland said there is a “real risk” Scotland’s climate strategy will not deliver the reduction in emissions needed to achieve net zero by 2045. The updated climate change plan, published in December, sets out what the Scottish Government insists are “bold actions” aimed at helping meet emissions reduction targets in the period to 2032. The document stresses it “will not be easy” and will require a “truly national endeavour with business, communities and individuals contributing fully” if targets are to be met. However Chris Stark, chief executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body, said there was “nothing in the report” to indicate whether the policies were sufficient. Rachel Howell, a lecturer in sociology and sustainable development at the University of Edinburgh, said there was “concern about the fact that the plans and policies for reducing emissions through other technologies and through behaviour change do not meet the necessary targets”. Jess Cowell of Friends of the Earth added: “There is a real risk that Scotland is setting out with a climate plan that cannot get us where we need to be. “The Government either doesn’t know or won’t say how much climate pollution will be stopped by their individual policies, instead offering vague estimates for entire sectors.”
The National 7th Feb 2021 read more »
Friends of the Earth Scotland accused ministers of “flawed thinking” and “unjustified optimism” over the proposals, which are meant to help Scotland cut carbon emissions as part of plans to achieve net-zero by 2045. The updated climate change plan, published in December, sets out what the Scottish Government insists are “bold actions” aimed at helping meet emissions reduction targets in the period to 2032.
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