The Scottish Parliament today passed a new climate law for Scotland, with public pressure forcing the Government to accept stronger targets and commit to increasing action in the next decade. A new climate law for Scotland was first proposed by the SNP back in their 2016 election manifesto. It soon became clear that their vision for Scotland’s new climate law was significantly weaker than ours, and nowhere near what is needed to tackle the climate crisis. The law sets a target for Scotland to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. We know that’s too late, but the 2030 target has always been the more important for us, because what we do in the next decade is crucial. Any long term target allows the Government to continue to kick the can down the road, and push more difficult decisions onto future generations. When the Climate Bill was first published, the Government proposed a weak target of 66% cut in emissions by 2030. Today, all parties in Parliament voted for an amendment – lodged by Labour MSP Claudia Beamish and supported by Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur – to cut emissions by 75% by 2030. While this isn’t as strong as we were calling for, and while Parliament actually rejected a stronger 80% option tabled by Green MSP Mark Ruskell today, it is progress and it will mean that Government immediately have to get to work to implement new action to drive down emissions.
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The Scottish government’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions have been strengthened, as MSPs voted to put down a “net-zero” target in law. The Climate Change Bill – which aims to have all emissions offset by 2045 – was passed by 113 votes to 0 at Holyrood. Ministers agreed to a Labour amendment to up the interim target, with members agreeing to target a 75% reduction by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. However, a Green bid to increase this goal to 80% was heavily defeated. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the government was “putting in place the most stringent framework of statutory targets of any country in the world”. The Greens abstained in the final vote, and said members should “not pretend this bill is anywhere near meaningful action to address the climate emergency”.
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