The Scottish government has been urged to significantly increase its long term target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions when it introduces new legislation later in the year. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said it should consider aiming for a 90% reduction in emissions by 2050. The current target is 80%. It suggested tough interim benchmarks, in line with the Paris Agreement. The Scottish government said its approach is based on “best evidence”. The Paris Agreement saw global leaders pledged to hold temperature rises to “well below” 2 degrees. The current Climate Change (Scotland) Act, given royal assent in 2009, set an interim target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020. That target has now been met and ministers have pledged to bring forward a new Climate Change bill this year with more ambitious goals.
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A £10 million fund is now available to help get rural local energy projects of Scotland off the ground. Projects that have the potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and boost local economies will be able to apply for up to £100,000 from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. This will support the costs of developing investment-ready business cases. This funding round targets rural and remote areas in order to help bridge gaps in capacity, skills and resources, underlining the Scottish Government’s support for smart, local energy systems as detailed in the draft Energy Strategy.
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