Scotland must match the ambition of its world-leading Net Zero 2045 target with decisive action to strengthen climate change policy in all parts of the economy. Decisions over the next 12 months are likely to determine the direction of the next 25 years. Next year, Glasgow will host the most important global climate summit since COP21 in Paris in 2015. These crucial talks offer a major opportunity to increase global ambition and effort to cut emissions. The UK’s credibility as COP26 President – and Scotland’s, as hosts – now rests on real action at home. The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) 2019 Progress Report to the Scottish Parliament shows that greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 3% in 2017, compared to a 10% fall in 2016. The fall was again led by the power sector, due in large part to Scotland’s first full year of coal-free electricity generation. Recent performance in other sectors shows only incremental improvement at best and, unless emissions reductions are delivered economy-wide, Scotland is at risk of missing its new interim target of a 56% reduction in emissions by 2020.
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Stop Climate Chaos Scotland response to the UK Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC) Report ‘Reducing emissions in Scotland, 2019 Progress Report to Parliament’ The report from the independent climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC), warns that the Scottish Government needs to “take decisive action to strengthen climate change policy in all parts of the economy” in order to meet the targets set out in the new Climate Act. Commenting on the report, which assesses Scotland’s progress on reducing climate emissions, Tom Ballantine from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “Now that Scotland has a new Climate Act and stronger targets for cutting emissions, this report shows that, in order to meet those targets, urgent action is needed across every sector of the economy. “The report is clear that decisions taken in the next 12 months are likely to determine the direction of the next 25 years. The Scottish Government must now take decisive action that will drive down emissions in the crucial next decade. “In particular, the new Climate Change Plan must go much further than existing promises and set out how the Government plans to cut emissions in transport, heating and agriculture, areas where we have so far seen little progress.
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Lord Deben, chairman of the independent UK Committee on Climate Change, has challenged Scotland to up its game in meeting its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While praising it for “its world-leading net-zero 2045 target”, Lord Debden warns: “Recent performance . . . shows only incremental improvement at best and, unless emissions reductions are delivered economy-wide, Scotland is at risk of missing its new interim target of a 56 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.”
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The CCC report states that green policy decisions taken by MSPs over the next 12 months will likely determine the direction of travel for the next 25 years. Scotland is aiming to reduce its net emissions by 75% by 2030, and 100% by 2045, both against a 1990 baseline, in line with the CCC’s recommendations on the UK as a whole meeting net-zero by mid-century. In order to spur progress towards these longer-term aims, Scotland has set an interim target of a 56% reduction in emissions – again, against 1990 levels – by 2020. But with national emissions having fallen just 3% in 2017, compared with 10% in 2016, the CCC is warning that the nation risks missing that shorter-term goal. In order to bridge this emissions gap, the CCC is calling for Scotland to maintain the “near-complete elimination of fossil-fired electricity generation” through “sustained action in other sectors” – notably transport, heat, industry, the built environment and agriculture.
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The north-east energy sector has a ‘key role to play’ in reducing emissions but the Scottish Government must provide ‘clarity’ on targets, according to industry chiefs. Oil and gas sector bosses were reacting to the Scottish Government’s ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 75% over the next decade, which came under criticism from a Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report yesterday.
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