The 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 will publish a draft of its 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.