A lack of action in key areas of climate policy is being masked by good progress in decarbonising the power sector. Those are the findings of a report sent to Scottish ministers. The Committee on Climate Change said action was needed to speed-up progress in areas like agriculture. Its assessment said the primary reason for meeting recent targets was the closure of coal-fired power stations at Longannet and Cockenzie. The Scottish government said it welcomes the report which shows Scotland is on track to meet future targets. The committee’s statutory role is to scrutinise the progress being made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Scotland must urgently strengthen its plans to cut greenhouse gases in order to meet its climate change ambitions, according to an independent climate watchdog. In its latest annual report on Scotland’s progress towards statutory emissions reduction goals, the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns that the Scottish Government needs to act decisively across every sector to ensure the country meets its existing commitments and prepares for higher future targets. The 2018 report shows Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but successful strategies for energy and waste mask a lack of progress in other parts of the Scottish economy. Cutting emissions from transport, agriculture and domestic heating remain the biggest difficulties, the committee has found. The report shows Scotland met its annual emissions targets in 2016, with a 49 per cent reduction from 1990 levels. The country was also ahead of the rest of the UK for green power in 2016, with 17.8 per cent of total energy coming from renewable sources – the EU average was 16.7 per cent. The current Climate Change Bill demands emissions to fall by 80 per cent by 2050. The CCC report concludes that the interim target for at a 56 per cent drop by 2020 is within reach. However, the new Climate Change Bill is expected to raise the 2050 target to 90 per cent, with a view to reaching net-zero as soon as is practicably possible. CCC chairman Lord Deben said: “The Scottish Government has made some progress on tackling issues raised in the committee’s report in 2017. However, challenges remain. Achieving a 90 per cent cut in emissions by 2050, as envisaged within the new Climate Change Bill, means greater effort is now required across other areas of Scotland’s economy.
Scotsman 24th Sept 2018 read more »
Scotland is doing better than the rest of the country at tackling climate change, with considerable progress in switching to clean energy. However, in a new report government advisers have stated that there is no room for complacency as these successes mask failures to clean up other sectors such as transport and agriculture. The country has been able to make a big impact by investing in renewable energy sources over fossil fuels – action that saw emissions drop by 10 per cent in 2016 alone. However, following the closure of the country’s last remaining coal-fired plant that same year, the Committee on Climate Change has urged the Scottish government to broaden its scope. “Scotland continues to lead the UK in reducing its emissions and has ambitious targets which aim to go further,” said Lord Deben, chair of the committee. “Decarbonisation of Scotland’s electricity sector, and reductions in emissions from waste, have seen Scotland outperform the UK overall as emissions continue to fall year-on-year to nearly half of 1990 levels.”
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Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions reduction and is on course to meet upcoming climate targets. But strong progress in tackling emissions from energy and waste is masking significant challenges in other sectors, such as agriculture, transport and heating. Those are the conclusions of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) official assessment of Scotland’s decarbonisation progress, which will be published today and will gauge the country’s performance against the UK’s goal to cut emissions 80 per cent reduction against 1990 levels by 2050. Transport “is now Scotland’s biggest sectoral challenge”, the report states, with emissions increasing each year since 2010, including a two per cent rise overall in 2016. Meanwhile, Scottish EV sales lag those in the rest of the UK. Moreover, it said emissions from agriculture, forestry, and land use presented “substantial challenges”, lamenting limited progress through voluntary emissions reduction measures from the farming sector as well “uncertain targets” for tree planting and peatland restoration which have been “repeatedly missed”. As the CCC’s latest findings demonstrate, Scotland’s climate change ambitions continue to lead the rest of the UK’s, with the Scottish Government having unleashed its new strategy and targets which go beyond that pledged in Westminster. What’s more, having just established a Just Transition Commission to consider the impact of moving away from its high carbon oil sector in future, Holyrood is clearly taking its economic transition responsibilities seriously. However, while the CCC may have given the new Climate Change Bill a relatively warm welcome, opposition parties and campaigners remain adamant a more ambitious net zero emission target for 2050 is justified.
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