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New Climate Change Bill

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Climate Change Bill Consultation


Action to mitigate climate change is a key component of the Scottish Government’s aim to create a growing, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set world-leading greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, including a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. 

The Scottish Government intends to introduce a new Climate Change Bill with even more ambitious targets. Proposals include setting targets based on actual emissions, increasing the 2050 target to 90% emissions reduction, and making provisions for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set when the evidence becomes available. 

A number of technical amendments designed to improve the transparency of the targets and functioning of the Act are also being considered. The Bill will reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to focusing Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

A public consultation on these proposals closed on 22nd September. The responses are being analysed and the Scottish Government will be reporting on the consultation results and setting out its response in due course.  You can access a copy of the consultation paper, and related documents including interim impact assessments, at the bottom of this page.

Additional Documents

Downloadable documents:

Title:New Climate Change Bill
Description:New Climate Change Bill
File:Climate Change Bill - Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment [PDF, 331.6 kb: 29 Jun 2017]
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File:Climate Change Bill - Consultation Paper [PDF, 469.0 kb: 29 Jun 2017]
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File:Climate Change Bill - Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment [PDF, 211.8 kb: 29 Jun 2017]
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File:Proposals for a New Climate Change Bill - Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report [PDF, 1183.4 kb: 12 Jul 2017]
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File:Separate Respondent Form For Hard Copies [PDF, 242.4 kb: 23 Aug 2017]
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