The Scottish Government has set out draft proposals to achieve a 66 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032 against a 1990 baseline, demonstrating what it described as “a new level of ambition” towards tackling climate change. The new target – which goes slightly further than that recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) last year and would represent one of the most ambitious national decarbonisation programmes anywhere in the world – could lead to wide-ranging changes in transport, logistics, heating, power, agriculture and land management, the devolved administration said. The Draft Climate Change Plan also sets sector-specific targets for 2032, such as a goal to deliver a fully decarbonised electricity sector and a goal to ensure 80 per cent of domestic heating is provided from low carbon sources. In transport, the aim is for at least 40 per cent of new cars and vans registered in Scotland to be ultra-low emission vehicles in 15 years’ time. In addition, the Scottish Government said it will aim to restore 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands by 2032, and create at least 15,000 hectares of woodland each year.
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Today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s climate plan shows that ministers are not listening to expert advice, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP. The climate plan outlines how ministers intend to reduce emissions by 66 per cent by 2032 compared to 1990 levels. Only half of recommendations for action from the independent UK Committee on Climate Change appear in the plan. “On energy, it’s a worry that in the plan published today, ministers are still pinning hopes on unproven carbon capture technology. This isn’t a responsible approach. “On housing, there is very limited investment in ensuring warm homes. Under this plan, fuel poverty will remain a huge problem for decades to come. “On transport, the draft budget shows a massive rise in spending in motorways to almost £1billion, while funding for walking and cycling remains static at £39million. We also need to see 20mph become the norm in residential areas, so that walking and cycling can start to replace car use. And if ministers are serious about cutting transport emissions, they cannot justify cutting Air Passenger Duty. “Finally, on agriculture, if we want a long-term future for farming and food production, we need to tackle the overuse of fertilisers and reduce the sectors’ emissions. Greens will press the Rural Economy Secretary to make this a priority.”
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Tom Ballantine, chairman of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said the plan “paints an attractive vision” of a low-carbon society, but said he had “serious concerns” about the lack of actions to deliver it. He said: “Clearly lots of wor k has gone into developing this picture of a low-carbon Scotland, and that is to be welcomed. “Much of what was set out in today’s plan is still at the pilot or consultation stage, and effort will now need to go into rapidly developing these into concrete policies.
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The new strategy, which is expected to cost up to £3bn a year to implement and is closely linked to a new renewable energy programme due to be published this month, will call for: 40% of all new cars and vans sold in Scotland to be ultra-low-emission by 2032, with 50% of Scotland’s buses to be low-carbon; A totally carbon-free electricity sector based entirely on renewable energy sources by 2032, when Scotland’s last nuclear power station will close; Four out of five of Scotland’s 2m homes to be heated using low-carbon technologies; The repairing of 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands, which store a total of 1.7 gigatonnes of CO2 in Scotland; At least 30% of Scotland’s vital publicly owned ferry fleet to be low-carbon, powered by hybrid engines. Richard Dixon, chief executive of Friends of the Eart h Scotland, said he applauded the government’s ambition, but it still overlooked substantial issues, particularly an economic strategy wedded to roads and aviation. The Scottish government wants to abolish air passenger duty to increase flying in a bid to stimulate growth. “It paints a very good vision of what a low-carbon Scotland could look like in 2032,” he said. “But there are clearly areas where there has been resistance and policies either aren’t going far enough or aren’t credible.” Ministers should put far greater stress on forcing motorists out of their cars and on to far more energy-efficient public transport or bicycles, Dixon said. Farmers should be forced to accept compulsory testing for overuse of climate-damaging fertilisers. There had to be far tougher standards on home energy efficiency.
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Four Holyrood committees – Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Rural Economy and Connectivity, Local Government and the Economy – have issued a call for views on the plans, known as RPP3.
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Environmental campaigners have welcomed the vision set out in the Government’s climate change plan but raised “serious concerns” about how it will be achieved.
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