Legislation which sets in law a target for Scotland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045 reaches its final stage at Holyrood later. The Climate Change Bill was amended to include the target after advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change. Some environmentalists and opposition parties say it still does not address the urgency of the “climate emergency”. Ministers said they were “leading by example” to “end Scotland’s contribution to global climate change”. The bill sets a legally-binding “net-zero” target of 2045 which means any remaining emissions will have to be entirely offset. Increased tree planting and carbon capture and storage technology would be needed to achieve that. The target for Scotland is five years earlier than the date which has been set for the whole UK. But politicians at Holyrood are still arguing over the speed of change with some parties calling for for even tougher interim targets. The Bill says emissions should be 70% lower than 1990 levels by the end of the next decade. Labour and the Liberal Democrats will push for that target to be increased to 75% while the Scottish Greens are aiming for 80%.
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