Scotland’s approach to tackling climate change has been praised by international organisations, and the ruling SNP party has described new legislation as the toughest in the world. The draft Climate Change Bill would see a commitment to “achieve a 100 per cent reduction in carbon emissions”. Climate activists and opposition parties in Scotland have expressed disappointment that no date for this reduction has been set. Promoting the legislation on Twitter, the SNP said they were setting the “toughest emissions targets in the world”. Ferret Fact Service looked at this claim and found it to be False. A number of countries have set targets to become 100 per cent carbon neutral before Scotland. The world’s most ambitious carbon reduction target is in Costa Rica, which has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2021. This has not, however, been set into law and appears to be a national goal rather than a legislative requirement. Norway’s parliament has agreed to cut the country’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving its target forward by 20 years. This is likely to require the purchase of carbon credits, also known as carbon offsetting.
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Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third consecutive year, achieving a 49% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against a 1990 baseline. The latest Scottish Government figures, released on Tuesday (June 12), show that the country surpassed its 2016 Climate Change Act goal of emitting less than 44.9 MtCO2e in 2016, instead emitting 38.6 MtCO2e. This puts Scotland on track to meet its 2020 target of a 42% carbon reduction as it continues to outperform the UK as a whole; the data reveals that England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland collectively achieved a 37.6% drop in emissions over the same timeframe. Indeed, the only EU member state in western Europe to perform better than Scotland was Sweden, which achieved a 51% reduction in GHG emissions over the 26-year period.
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Greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland have almost halved since 1990, according to the latest figures. Government statistics show levels in 2016 were 49% below the 1990 baseline, with a 10.3% drop on the previous year. The adjusted figure, which includes Scotland’s share of an EU-wide emissions trading system, fell by 45.2%. The drop has been largely attributed to the 2016 closure of the Longannet Power Station. Ministers announced in May that they intend to set a target to reduce levels by 90% by the middle of the century. They say the latest figures put Scotland second only to Sweden (51%) and ahead of Finland (42%), Germany (25%) and Denmark (23%) among western Europe’s EU-15 member states. The statistics also reveal emissions of the single most significant greenhouse gas – carbon dioxide – have fallen by more than 50%.
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