A zero-emission Scotland is achievable – will you help in 2018? Caroline Rance, Climate and energy campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland. We expect the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Bill to be published in the spring, and we need your help to keep the pressure on, to meet your MSPs and join us in demanding more action. We’ve been disappointed with the government’s proposals so far, and we’re campaigning to strengthen them so that we can reach a zero-emissions, fossil-free Scotland by 2040. Last summer, almost 20,000 people responded to the Government’s consultation on the bill. An incredible 99 per cent of them said they want to see a zero-carbon Scotland by 2050 at the latest, and urgent action to cut emissions in the vital next decade. This is not an unrealistic goal. The governments of Catalonia, Sweden and Norway have already committed to reaching net-zero emissions before 2050, with our Icelandic neighbours aiming for 2040. In the European Parliament, the Industry Committee has recommended that EU emissions fall to zero by 2050. Scotland can and must follow suit, but the current proposals show a real lack of ambition, with only the slightest of increases in action before 2030, and only a 90 per cent cut emissions by 2050. This isn’t good enough for the Paris Agreement, or to do our fair share in tackling this global crisis.
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