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Climate Change Bill 29/05/2018 The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament last week.

Climate Change Bill

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament last week. The Bill aims to make Scotland one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, according to Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

The new Bill will immediately set a target of a 90% reduction by 2050, which the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) states is currently “at the limit of feasibility.” The draft Bill sets out that the Scottish Government intends to go further still and achieve a 100% reduction in emissions, known as ‘net-zero’, as soon as possible.

Ministers will be legally required to keep the net-zero target date under review by seeking expert advice on the issue every five years. The target date will become legally-binding, subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament, as soon as there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate the date is credible and achievable.

As well as increasing long term ambition, the new Bill also includes the most ambitious interim targets in the world, as well as stretching annual targets for every year between now and 2050. This means action will need to increase immediately, across every sector of the Scottish economy. It will also require action by individuals, communities and businesses – as well as government.

The Bill is available here.

 

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