The Scottish Government has announced plans to amend its Climate Change Bill and commit to a legally binding target of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest – leading the rest of the UK. Amendments to the Climate Change Bill have already been lodged, which call on the nation to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040. The Scottish Government claim these are the most ambitious statutory targets in the world for those timeframes. The announcement from Scotland comes just hours after the Committee on Climate Change called on the UK to “set and vigorously pursue” new climate change targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net-zero’ levels by 2050 – replacing the current target of an 80% reduction against 1990 levels.
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The Scottish government will legislate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045 after receiving fresh advice from an expert panel. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) urged that Scotland set the target five years ahead of the UK as a whole. The panel says Scotland has more potential sites for carbon capture and a greater landmass for tree planting. It came after a report to the UN last year urged the world to go “further and faster” in tackling climate change.
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Nicola Sturgeon has signalled that she will abandon a manifesto pledge and drop plans to cut airport taxes, as part of her effort to tackle climate change. Before the Holyrood election in 2016 the SNP promised to halve airport taxes with a view to abolishing them entirely in a move that the party said would encourage tourism to Scotland. The first minister confirmed yesterday that the plans would be re-evaluated after the Scottish government pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045.
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