Emissions in 2014 were 46 per cent below 1990 levels, significantly exceeding the country’s 2020 target of reducing emissions by 42 per cent.
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Scotland has exceeded a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% – six years early. New statistics show its 2014 emission levels were 45.8% lower than in 1990. The Scottish government had set a target to reduce emissions by at least 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the “outstanding progress” and confirmed that the government would now set a “new and more testing 2020 target”. Figures published on the Scottish government’s website also revealed that Scotland met its annual climate change targets for the first time since 2010. But environmental campaigners said the loss of heavy industry and warm winters contributed more to the cut in emissions than bold government policy. There was a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014, compared to the UK’s 33% reduction over the same period. Jim Densham, of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said it was “great news” that Scotland had hit its target and it proved it was possible to cut emissions “while building a progressive and productive society”. “However apart from the electricity and waste sectors, it’s hard to see a bold fingerprint of Scottish government policy driving the transition to a zero carbon economy,” he said.
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Editorial: what is at the heart of the matter here is how the figure was achieved. Are we aware of attitudes changing, and our behaviour now contributing to a fall in emissions? We would love to say yes, but in reality, we would be kidding ourselves. A lot of the reduction has come from circumstances rather than intent. Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham yesterday claimed that a reduction in residential emissions “may have been due to people turning down their heating”. If she is right and that did happen, it would probably be possible to count on the fingers of one hand the number of people who did this for the good of the planet. Most probably turned their heating down because they did not need it. Over the period, we experienced mild weather. A government minister should be able to point to far more convincing evidence, if this is a clear government target – which it is. The danger is that if we do not really know why something happened, we cannot say whether the stats represent a variation or an enduring trend, and next year – or the year after – the figures could revert to where they were.
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Scotland has met its emissions targets six years early, according to new figures released yesterday. But as the statistics were published, Nicola Sturgeon came under fresh pressure to lift her government’s moratorium on fracking in Scotland. Jim Sillars, the former deputy leader of the SNP, claimed that fracking could save Scotland’s industrial base, while Ineos, the company leading the campaign for fracking in Scotland, argued that it had science on its side. Yesterday Mr Sillars launched a highly critical attack on Labour for abandoning its working-class supporters, many of whom needed the jobs a fracking boom could supply. He berated Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, for opposing fracking. He said: “There is already one scientific report on the desk of the Scottish government saying that, properly regulated, fracking should take place in Scotland. It is unlikely the expected second report will contradict the first.” He suggested that it might have been wiser to see both reports before opposing fracking so completely. “Hysteria, not science, motivates the anti-fracking lobby. Misery for those who cannot turn on the heating at home is what results from po licy driven by green propaganda,” he said.
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The Scottish Government plans to set a new and more testing climate-change target for 2020 after exceeding the existing benchmark six years early. Figures published on Tuesday show a 45.8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was achieved by 2014. The government had set a goal of reducing emissions by at least 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. She said: “I can advise the chamber that I am writing to the Committee on Climate Change today, seeking their advice on Scotland’s future targets in response to the Paris Agreement. “These ambitious new targets will serve as a statutory impetus to further action. “Delivery will require co-ordinated approaches across portfolios and the reflection of climate-change considerations at the very highest level of government.” She added: “We set ourselves a high bar and are showing by our deeds, as well as our words, that Scotland can indeed lead the world. Mark Ruskell, the Scottish Greens’ climate change spokesman, said: “It is clear that quirks in accounting, warm weather, wind farms and recycling have finally resulted in a met target. “It is hard to see how Scottish Government policy has delivered much of this progress and we still have much to do on transport and housing.” Labour’s Claudia Beamish welcomed the progress but said there needed to be “a significant strengthening of policies”.
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