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Climate changeThe latest evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world.

The Scottish Government recognises climate change will have far reaching effects on Scotland's economy, its people and its environment and is determined to play its part in tackling climate change.

The world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament in 2009.

Scotland has made strong progress towards the emission reduction targets set out in the Act.  The most recent Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions data, covering the year 2014, was published on 14 June 2016.  The statutory report on the annual emission reduction target for 2014 was published on 31 October 2016.  The Committee on Climate Change’s most recent independent annual report on Scottish progress on climate change mitigation was published on 13 September 2016.

The Act requires the Scottish Government to publish regular plans for meeting future emission reduction targets.  On 27 June 2013, the Scottish Government published Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027 - The Second Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2).  The Scottish Government published a draft new Climate Change Plan, setting out proposals and policies to meet targets out to 2032, in January 2017.

The Scottish Government has announced, as part of A Plan For Scotland: The Scottish Government's Programme For Scotland 2016-17, that it will bring forward a new Climate Change Bill, including an ambitious new 2020 target of reducing actual Scottish emissions by more than 50%.  The Scottish Government will be consulting on proposals for the Bill, based on the advice of the Committee on Climate Change, in the first half of 2017.

What's New

On 22 March 2017, the UK Committee on Climate Change published advice to Scottish Government on the new Climate Change Bill.


On 20 February 2017, almost £10 million of funding was awarded from the Climate Challenge Fund for 113 community-led projects to support local action to tackle climate change.

On 19 January 2017, the draft Climate Change Plan (the draft third report on proposals and policies (RPP3) for meeting Scotland’s annual greenhouse gas emissions targets) was laid in the Scottish Parliament.  The draft Plan is subject to a 60-day period of Parliamentary scrutiny.

On 19 December 2016, details of funding for climate change mitigation measures in 2017-18 were published.

On 21 September 2016, we published a Climate Change Public Conversation series - Climate Conversations "How to" Guide and resources, an evidence based practical guide to holding public conversations about climate change.

On 13 September 2016, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreeing to delay publication of the draft Climate Change Plan until January 2017.  The Committee had written to the Cabinet Secretary requesting a delay to publication on 6 September.

On 14 June 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change requesting advice on Scotland’s future targets in response to the Paris agreement.

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