Progress on climate change plans?

The Scottish Government has published the second draft Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2). The report details climate change strategies to meet its ambitious climate change targets up to 2027. These include £1.14 billion over the next three years on measures to address climate change.

The Scottish Government claims they are more than halfway to meeting the 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent. However, they were embarrassed last year, when the government missed the first legally binding target to reduce Scotland’s emissions. The new plan includes:

  • A new decarbonisation target to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by more than four-fifths by 2030
  • Commitment to deliver the equivalent of at least 100 per cent of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020
  • A National Retrofit Programme to transform older and colder homes into energy efficient homes
  • A £50 million Warm Homes Fund providing grants and loans for renewable energy measures to heat homes
  • A new domestic Heat Strategy including publication of a Draft Outline Heat Vision which sets our ambition for a largely decarbonised heat sector by 2030
  • Measures to reduce the impact of transport through active travel, low carbon vehicles and congestion reduction with over £200 million investment on top of our on-going investment in public transport
  • Ambitious proposals to maximise emissions benefits of restoring degraded peatland
  • Increasing woodland creation rates to 10,000 hectares per year
  • Phased introduction of bans on materials that may be landfilled, including a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill be the end of 2020, the first of its kind in the UK

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said:

“The aim of the RPP2 is to demonstrate how Scotland can achieve our longer term targets, to ensure we are continuing our drive to stay at the forefront of climate action in the years to come and setting out how we can make the transition to a low carbon, sustainable Scotland.”

However, reacting to the draft action plan, Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:

“It is extremely worrying to see the lack of ambition demonstrated by the Scottish Government when it comes to reducing our climate emissions.  We have the strongest climate laws in the world and the Government has gone to great efforts to highlight this example globally. Sadly, missing the first climate target last year does not appear to have been the wake-up call needed for Ministers to put fresh impetus into their climate action plans. This new plan does little to reassure us that future targets will be met, putting Scotland’s credibility at risk at home and abroad.”

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