The Scottish government has set out a raft of policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Scotland’s energy, transport, heating, agriculture and building sectors over the next 15 years. Published yesterday, the new Climate Change Plan sets out an “ambitious but realistic” trajectory for reducing emissions by 66 per cent by 2032 from 2018 levels, according to the Scottish government, a target broadly in line with its statutory and international climate obligations. “In areas such as reducing emissions from our homes, the government has significantly decreased ambition from its first draft,” Tom Ballantine, chair of environmental coalition Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said in a statement. “Particularly short-sighted is the failure to put in place any credible plan to help farmers to reduce their climate impacts, despite the fact that agriculture and land use now account for almost a quarter of our emissions.” The announcement came alongside an update on the Scottish government’s proposals to create a new publicly-owned investment bank for Scotland, with Tesco Bank CEO Benny Higgins yesterday setting out a host of recommendations on its remit – including targeting a long-term capitalisation of at least £2bn over the first ten years of its lifetime.
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