Scotland outlines actions to meet 2050 climate change target

Last week the Scottish Government unveiled its Climate Change Delivery Plan, which sets out how the region will meet the target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The plan, which details how Scotland will meet its commitment to the UK Climate Change Bill, is based around four main measures:

  • Low-carbon electricity by 2030 through increase renewables and the implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology;
  • Adoption of low-carbon vehicles and electrification of the rail network;
  • Low-carbon heating through reduced demand, better energy efficiency and more use of renewable and low-carbon heating systems;
  • Reduced emissions from agriculture and more woodland planting.

“We are outlining a plan that will transform Scotland to a sustainable, low carbon society,” said Climate Minister Stewart Stevenson at the launch.

“Scotland will soon have the most far reaching climate change legislation in the world. That must be accompanied by action and our Delivery Plan demands action now, tomorrow, and from future generations and future governments.”

Stevenson added that Scotland has already started to take action to help reach the Climate Change Bill target of a 34% reduction in emissions by 2020.

“We are investing in public transport, creating new woodlands, pursuing a zero waste policy and next year’s budget will include a carbon assessment of every government policy,” he said.

The delivery plan is just the first stage. It will be followed up with a report next year that will contain details of how the four key measures outlined in the plan will be reached.

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22 June 2009