THE Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill is in its early legislative stages in the Scottish Parliament. It will set in place new ambitious targets to reduce Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent by 2050 as well as introducing new powers to set Scotland on course to net zero emissions by a date which is yet to be decided. Scotland is a small, agile nation and has had the leadership in place for many years at all layers of government and business to reach these goals, so we should embrace these targets and work collaboratively to achieving them. The Scottish economy will continue to benefit from low-carbon investment and the jobs and efficiencies it creates. The UK Government in partnership with Scottish minsters has asked the Committee on Climate Change to advise it when the UK economy can achieve net zero emissions. This could mean the UK would become the first amongst the G7 nations. We are proud at BT of the work we have done to reduce our emissions over the last 25 years. We have a big responsibility, as we use around one per cent of the UK’s electricity each year keeping the UK connected, and we continue to reduce our energy consumption year on year. Last year, BT set in place a new pledge to become a net zero-carbon business by 2045. We are confident we can achieve this having put in place a science-based target in line with a 1.5C trajectory in 2017 having met our original emissions target – to reduce our emissions by 80 per cent by 2020 – four years early.
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