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Scottish Government Consultation - Climate Change Bill
Action to mitigate climate change is a key component of the Scottish Government’s aim to create a growing, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set world-leading greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, including a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.
The Scottish Government intends to introduce a new Climate Change Bill with even more ambitious targets. Proposals include setting targets based on actual emissions, increasing the 2050 target to 90% emissions reduction, and making provisions for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set when a credible and costed pathway can be demonstrated.
A number of technical amendments designed to improve the transparency of the targets and functioning of the Act are also being considered. The Bill will reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to focusing Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.
The Scottish Government has undertaken a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the proposals for a new Climate Change Bill. This assessment has been undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 to consider the significant environmental effects that are considered likely to arise as a result of the proposals. The Environmental Report setting out the findings of the assessment is available on the Scottish Government website. Views on the Environmental Report should be provided by answering Questions 10 and 12 of the consultation respectively.
The Scottish Government have already received advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change, their expert advisors, on how the new Bill may look, including the level of ambition of new Scottish climate targets, and the accounting framework within which to measure emissions. This advice has been carefully considered by the Scottish Government, in discussion with key stakeholders, and forms the basis of the proposals set out in this consultation paper.
They are now seeking the views of a broader range of stakeholders and members of the public on a set of proposals for a new Climate Change Bill. The consultation has thirteen questions, of which three are about the level of ambition of the targets. Nine of the questions are about the technical underpinnings of target measurement and functioning of the Act. These questions are more likely to be of interest to key stakeholders and professionals with a high level of understanding of the issues. The final question asks respondents to provide any additional thoughts on the consultation not covered elsewhere.
The consultation will close on 22 September 2017.
Further information and how to take part can be accessed by clicking here.