Scottish Government Publishes Climate Bill

The Scottish Government has today unexpectedly published its Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill with the following accompanying video. It is proposing a 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 with specific targets for each year. There will be more reaction to this from environmental groups throughout today.

You can download the full bill here.

 

Update

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, of which Eco-Congregation Scotland is a member, has issued the following statement:

Responding to the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Bill placed before the Scottish Parliament today Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:

“It’s hugely disappointing that the Scottish Government has failed to live up to its own rhetoric on global climate change leadership, by failing to set a net zero emissions target in the Climate Change Bill published today.

“The Government claims Scotland it will be one of the first countries to achieve zero emissions, but the Bill does not commit to that. It sets a target of only a 90 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

“By failing to ally with the global momentum towards zero emissions, led by countries like France, Sweden and New Zealand, Scotland is missing a huge opportunity to end its contribution to climate change in a generation, attract clean investment and retain its position as a leader on the global stage.

“We’re now calling on MSPs from all parties to push for stronger targets on emissions – net-zero by 2050 at the latest, 77 per cent by 2030 and the action needed to deliver on them in line with the Paris Agreement.”

The Scottish Government has disregarded the voices of over 19,000 people in Scotland who asked for a net zero target by 2050 at the latest, as well as the voices of eminent global scientists, members of the farming community, faith leaders and those at the front line of climate change impacts around the world. As it stands, this Bill does not deliver on the Paris Agreement, and it does not deliver climate justice to those who already feeling the devastating impacts of climate change.

1 comment on “Scottish Government Publishes Climate Bill”

  1. Wesley Paxton Reply

    It is time first of all to get the terminology correct. CARBON emissions were SOOT this was gradually reduced following the Clean Air Act 1955 (I think!!) whichj reduced smoke from domestic fires and closed far more coal mines than the Thatcher government in the 1980s. If we mean CO2, let us call it CO2 & NOT just carbon. 2050 is simply too far away for there to be any sensible policy decisions, most politicians cannot go beyond the next general election. Massive tree planting esp in tropica;l areas with a 12 month growing season is one of the few dead cert ways to absorb CO2. Forget so-called Carbon Capture & Storage from power stations, many of us will not live long enough to see it, even if it works. This will also give good jobs to thousands who live in sub Saharan Africa, and should dissuade many from trying to migrate to Europe or die in the attempt.

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