Scottish progress in cutting emissions in sectors outside the power industry is not yet up to scratch, according to the government’s climate change advisors. Scotland is at risk of missing its 2020 carbon target of a 56 per cent cut in emissions, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned today. Scotland failed to meet its annual target for emissions reduction in 2017, according to the CCC’s annual progress report to the Scottish Government. Despite actual emissions in Scotland falling by three per cent, the performance lagged behind the 10 per cent fall seen in 2016, it said. The latest fall in emissions was led by the power sector, due in large part to Scotland achieving its first full year of coal-free electricity generation in 2017. However, other sectors showed only incremental improvement at best and, unless emissions reductions are delivered economy-wide, Scotland could miss its new interim target of a 56 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020, the CCC said. Scotland has a new target to reduce emissions to net zero by 2045 – one of the most ambitious such targets anywhere in the world. The Scottish Government’s programme for government 2019-20 shows that it is taking its new target seriously, with good plans for green finance, new-build homes, and transport, the CCC said. However, a step change in ambition was needed to reach the new 2045 target, it said. In particular, Scotland’s plans for a long-term agriculture strategy were lagging behind plans in England and Wales, and energy efficiency measures would need to be extended to non-residential buildings, the CCC said.
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The UK Government needs to “step up” and match Scotland’s ambitious climate change agenda if either country hopes to meet their net-zero emissions targets. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – which provides independent advice to both the UK and Scottish Governments – said that Westminster’s actions had “fallen well short” of what is required, while Holyrood’s plans were “world-leading”.
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