Scotland’s “vibrant renewable sector” and “bold policy approaches” will take the country beyond the UK’s ambition on climate change and help deliver a 61% reduction in emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said today (15 March). In a new report – Scottish emissions targets 2028-2032 – the CCC says the Scottish Government should maintain its high-ambition pathway towards emissions reductions of at least 80% by 2050, by taking strong action on national decarbonisation. CCC chair Lord Deben said: “Scotland is leading the UK in its ambitious approach to tackling climate change and is to be commended for doing so. There is a lot of positive action already underway in Scotland, driven by both its vibrant renewable sector and its bold policy approaches. This must now be accelerated. “New policies will be required to meet these ambitious but achievable carbon objectives. With these actions Scotland can continue as an example to the rest of the UK in its approach to address climate change.” Specifically, the CCC says strong action will be required in a number of key areas, including: – Low-carbon heat in about 30% of homes by 2030, with widespread uptake of heat pumps, low-carbon heat networks, domestic insulation and energy efficiency measures; Low emission vehicles comprising about 65% of new car and van sales by 2030; Afforestation involving 16,000 hectares per year of new forest planting; Electricity decarbonisation to reduce emissions from 220 gCO2/kWh to below Scotland’s legislated target of 50 gCO2/kWh.
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Scotland must accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions if it is to remain an example to the rest of the UK, according to a new report.
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The Scottish Government should maintain its bold ambition on tackling climate change and adopt a target to reduce emissions 61 per cent against 1990 levels by 2030, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said today.
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