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Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.

This morning the Scottish Government announced that Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.  By the end of 2016, Scotland had reduced its climate emissions by 45% compared to our 1990 baseline levels, well ahead of the 42% by 2020 target.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“These statistics are hugely encouraging and show we have almost halved the greenhouse gases emitted in Scotland – underlining our role as an international leader in the fight against climate change.

We all have a role to play in that fight and I want to thank the households, communities and businesses who are working hard every day to reduce their own emissions.

But we must go further and faster if we are to meet our responsibilities to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Our ambitious Climate Change Bill will ensure we do exactly that – by setting a new 90% reduction target for 2050 and paving the way towards achieving net-zero emissions as soon as possible.”

Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

“It’s great news that Scotland has hit the annual target and reduced its climate emissions by 45 per cent compared to the 1990 baseline and is well ahead of the 42 per cent 2020 target. Everyone who has played their part in achieving this reduction should be proud.

Back in 2009, when Scotland’s first Climate Act was passed, there was no clear path to meeting the 42 per cent emissions reduction target and many were sceptical it could be achieved. Today’s results show that setting stretching targets works by driving innovation and strong policy delivery.  This success, along with support from the public, leading scientists and farming groups, should give the Scottish Government the confidence to aim high once again and set a net zero emissions target, by 2050 at the latest, in the new Climate Change Bill.

2016 reflects the first full year since the closure of Longannet power station, showing the big impact you can have by phasing out dirty coal and switching to clean renewables.

Scotland’s system of annual targets are an important opportunity for the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament to discuss what more we can do to tackle climate change. We need ideas and greater action from everyone if we are going to protect people and nature in every continent and country, from the effects of climate change. With the right ideas and action we can reap the rewards of building a zero emissions economy.”

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is OPEN.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

Launched a decade ago, the CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff to support applicants and those awarded grants.

Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a CCF grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process, is 5pm on 3 August 2018. Current CCF Grant Recipients should contact their CCF Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding identify and scope out potential climate action projects. There are monthly deadlines from June to August.

Keep Scotland Beautiful will be running CCF Information surgeries in June and July, where potential applicants can learn more about the funding and support available through the CCF.

All potential CCF applicants should refer to the CCF website or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for full information about criteria, eligibility and deadlines

For further information click here.

Download printed information here (PDF file).

 

Climate Action Now: Campaign Workshops across Scotland during June

 

This is a big year for tackling climate change in Scotland as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new Climate Bill. In 2017, over 19,000 members of the public supported our calls for an ambitious Bill with the policies for Scotland to do its share in limiting climate change.

Join Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for a Campaign Workshop to share knowledge and plan action on the Bill. We need to ensure the Government commits to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a roadmap to reach that. So it’s time to start campaigning!

These interactive workshops will give you more information on Scotland’s new Climate Change Act and how you can get involved in the campaign for climate justice.

We are encouraging people from all across Scotland who care about climate change to come along to meet other activists passionate about climate change, engage with the new climate Bill and to get involved in the campaign.

 

Dates

Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
Dundee – Sunday 10th June
Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
Inverness – Sunday 17th June
Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling – Sunday 24th June

 

Booking

To book your place visit the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland web site:

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/events/workshops

 

Two events in Edinburgh during June.

You are invited to join in an event the Church of the Sacred Heart are organising encouraging people to have responsible barbecues on the Meadows: Sunday the 10th June 3.00- 6.00pm.

Granton Parish Church have received a Climate Challenge Fund Award and are launching Granton Goes Greener on the 30th June from 12.00 – 3.00pm. This will include a clothing swap shop, bicycle maintenance sessions, poetry, children’s stories and crafts. It is hoped there will also be the chance for people to join a guided cycle ride or guided walk round the area. There will also be refreshments.

 

 

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Annual Meeting #oorfuture #climatechange

We attended the annual meeting of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland yesterday in Glasgow. Other Christian groups who were represented included:

  • TearFund
  • The Iona Community
  • Church of Scotland
  • United Reformed Church
  • SCIAF
  • Christian Aid

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of civil society organisations campaigning on Climate Change in Scotland. Eco-Congregation Scotland has been a member of the coalition for nine years.

For further information click here.