TODAY marks 10 years since Holyrood voted unanimously to pass pioneering climate change legislation. The bill, which enshrined targets to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in law, was the most ambitious climate law at the time. It established Scotland as an environmental leader. But a lot can change in a decade. We’re no longer tackling climate change, we’re battling a climate crisis. Progress is happening, experts say, but not fast enough. Governments are declaring – or, at least, paying lip service to – a climate emergency and campaigners are chaining themselves to oil rigs in a bid to raise awareness that, unless significant changes are made, the world is going to hell in a globally-warmed handbasket. Since 2009, Scotland met its 2020 emissions reductions target early. The country actually ranks slightly above average for overall renewable energy in the EU – doing badly for heating and very well for electricity – while also making strides by decarbonising our electricity industry. But earlier this month it was revealed that the country missed its latest climate change target as consumers failed to kick their addiction to flying and driving. Figures for 2017 showed emissions actually rose from planes and cars.
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Rebecca Lunn: The Scottish Government has set some of the world’s most ambitious carbon emissions targets, aiming to achieve zero-net carbon by 2045 and phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032. The country’s last remaining coal-fired power station was closed in 2016 and on days when conditions are favourable, 100% of electricity generation is produced from renewable sources. It’s clear there is a political will to invest in low carbon energy. However, Scotland, and indeed the whole world, faces a challenging future in developing energy policy that is not just low carbon, but is also secure, affordable, and sustainable and fair.
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