Climate change: Scotland is drawing up plans as if it was an independent country and United Nations’ member state – Dr Richard Dixon. Our Climate Secretary has announced that the Scottish government will be producing a document called an indicative ‘Nationally Determined Contribution’ in the run-up to next year’s United Nations climate talks in Glasgow. The UK has just announced details of its first NDC, having previously been included in one that covered the whole of the European Union. It includes an increased target to reduce emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030 (from 1990 levels). Scotland’s unofficial version will be based on our legal target of a reduction of at least 75 per cent by 2030 and, unlike the UK emissions, our share of international aviation and shipping will be included. Scotland producing an indicative NDC is a tribute to the 25,000 people who marched through Edinburgh last autumn calling for more action on climate. To be a fitting tribute, it needs to go beyond being a restatement of targets and the revised climate plan that is just about to be published. It needs to recommit to meeting our targets by acting here in Scotland rather than buying carbon credits from elsewhere. It needs to set out how Scotland will help poorer countries deliver their climate plans and cope with the changing climate, including planning to increase the small but effective existing Climate Justice Fund.
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