Huge majority call for zero emissions by 2050 target for Scotland

The Scottish Government has today published its analysis of over 19,000 responses received to its consultation on the new Scottish Climate Change Bill.

Gail Wilson, Campaigns Manager of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), said:

“Over 19,000 people, as well as hundreds of companies, local authorities and civil society organisations have responded to this consultation. It shows, yet again, that the range and depth of concern about the impact of climate change is far-reaching and diverse.

“The analysis confirms that the overwhelming majority of respondents believe the Scottish Government’s proposed emissions targets are not ambitious enough. 99% of people who responded to the consultation want the Government to commit to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, and increased action in the next decade with a stronger 2030 target.

“SCCS believes net zero emissions by 2050 is essential if Scotland is to play its fair part in delivering on the international agreement on climate change reached in Paris in 2015.

“Across the globe, the effects of climate change are becoming ever more apparent. In her speech at the UN climate conference in Bonn last month, the First Minister said urgent action was needed to live up to commitments made in the Paris Agreement and for Scotland to lead by example.

“The Scottish Government is currently proposing 90% cut in emissions by 2050 with no major new policies within the Climate Change Bill. However, it is clear from the response to the consultation, that the majority want political leaders to go further and to introduce strong policies on housing, transport and agriculture, to secure a zero-emissions future by 2050 at the latest.”

Many respondents to the consultation noted that ambitious targets and action on climate change would help create jobs as well as improve air quality, tackle fuel poverty and achieve better health outcomes.

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