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Changing Our Ways: Scotland's Climate Change Programme

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Section 1: Introduction

1.1 We want Scotland to become recognised as the best small country in the world and one of the ways we can do that is through our actions to tackle climate change. The Scottish Executive is committed to playing its part in full, encouraging others to do likewise. This Programme sets out the steps being taken in Scotland now and in the near future. It follows a review during 2005 (see Annex A) of the original Scottish Climate Change Programme ( SCCP), published in 2000.

Key elements of this new Programme are:

  • presenting our vision for the longer term - climate change and sustainable development (Section 2);
  • quantifying Scotland's 'equitable contribution' in carbon terms - the Scottish Share (Section 3);
  • showing leadership - setting a Scottish Target (Section 3);
  • demonstrating our achievements so far (Section 4);
  • setting out new actions and future directions across the main sectors (Section 5);
  • responding to the inevitable consequences of climate change (Section 6); and
  • moving forward (Section 7).

1.2 This Programme does not attempt to provide a comprehensive account of everything to do with climate change. The subject is vast and often complex and there are many other useful sources of information on the topic. A summary of the evidence and expected impacts of climate change is included at Annexes B and C.

1.3 Given the global nature of climate change, it cannot be tackled by any single country alone: a coordinated international approach is essential. An overview of the policy response at global (including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol), European and UK levels is included at Annex D. The Executive is committed to playing its part in the international process and works in partnership with the UK Government and other devolved administrations in developing and implementing the UK's response.