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Paris Agreement

Climate change is a global problem requiring national and international action.

The historic Paris Agreement is the first truly global plan to tackle climate change.  The treaty has been signed and ratified by USA, China and EU among others and came into force four years early on 4 November 2016.

The First Minister and the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change attended the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December 2015 where the treaty was agreed.  The First Minister announced an extra £12 million will be invested by Scotland over the next four years to help reduce the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest communities.  Addressing the Arctic Circle Assembly in October 2016, the First Minister announced a £1 million contribution from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund to the UNFCCC Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), established by the Paris Agreement, and operated by the Global Environment Facility with funding pledged by the USA, Canada and UK among others.

COP22 will be held in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016.  Scotland's climate change video and leaflet have been updated for the conference.

Scottish Ministers work actively to promote high international ambition on tackling climate change, highlighting Scotland’s world-leading climate legislation and strong track record of delivery as well as promoting the moral message of climate justice.  Scotland has delivered: 45% cut in Greenhouse Gas emissions in 2014 (compared to 1990) exceeding our 2020 target level six years early; 500 MegaWatts of community renewables five years ahead of schedule; and a 15% cut in energy consumption passing our 2020 target (12%) six years early.

Scotland is committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Scotland is an active member of The Climate Group and its States and Regions Alliance.  The Climate Group is an international, award winning, non-profit organisation which brings together governments and businesses to promote high ambition on climate change.  Scotland has also signed the Under2Mou and the Compact of States and Regions.

Contact: james.johnston@gov.scot