Decisive and urgent action needed on climate change


UK Committee on Climate Change report calls for action from Scottish Government

24th September 2018 by Sophie Bell 0 Comments

A new report shows that the Scottish Government must urgently strengthen its plans on climate change, campaigners said today.

The report from the independent UK climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warns that the Scottish Government needs to act decisively in every sector to ensure that Scotland meets its existing commitments. 

The CCC's report assesses Scotland’s progress on reducing climate emissions and shows that action on electricity and waste is masking inaction in other areas. The report criticises the reliance on voluntary measures in agriculture, missed tree planting and peatland restoration targets, and the failure to implement the committee’s own plans for agriculture

It also highlights the need for much more action on road transport and low carbon heat. Tom Ballantine, chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said: "This new independent report is clear that we need decisive and urgent action to keep Scotland’s climate change emissions falling rapidly.

"The report states that the Scottish Government should be doing much more to cut emissions from food and farming, from travel and heating; building on the success we’ve seen in reducing emissions from electricity and waste.

“Science is telling us we need to act faster. But so are our own eyes and ears. We are starting to see the serious effects of wilder weather, with droughts and heatwaves close to home and around the world this year."

SCCS has called on MSPs to work to improve the Scottish Government’s Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill currently before Parliament, by setting a legal target for net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest and urgent targets to increase action to 2030, together with stronger policies for warmer homes, healthier travel and greener farming. This will create thousands of jobs, improve health, reduce poverty and ensure that Scotland continues to provide global leadership on climate change.