A new report shows that the Scottish Government must strengthen its plans for the upcoming Climate Change Bill if it is to step up to the moral challenge posed by climate change, campaigners said today (Monday, 25 September).
The report from the independent UK climate watchdog, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), warns that current Scottish Government plans do not deliver enough action in key areas to ensure that Scotland meets our commitment to global climate change goals.
Commenting on the CCC’s report, which assesses Scotland’s progress on reducing climate emissions, Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said:
“This report shows that if Scotland is to step up to the moral challenge posed by climate change, the Scottish Government must strengthen its plans for the new Climate Change Bill.
"The CCC have rightfully praised the First Minister’s recent commitment to phase out polluting petrol and diesel cars, which is a huge step forward in cleaning up air pollution and climate emissions. These kinds of transformational new policies are a necessity if we are to deliver on our commitment to the Paris Agreement. However, the Committee makes very clear that the Scottish Government needs to surge ahead now with credible action plans for housing, agriculture and transport if we’re to successfully play our part in tackling climate change. Having made progressive commitments on transport, the Scottish Government now needs to put in place the necessary policies to deliver on these commitments, and to increase action on energy efficient housing and low-emission agriculture.
“Over 18,000 people across Scotland have called on the Scottish Government to be bolder in the forthcoming Bill and set a legal target for net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, together with stronger action for warmer homes, healthier travel and greener farming. This will create thousands of jobs, improve health, and reduce poverty and ensure that Scotland provides global leadership on climate change.”