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Meeting Our Emissions Reduction Targets

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, sets ambitious targets to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 42 per cent by 2020, as a step towards an 80 per cent reduction by 2050, compared to a 1990 baseline for emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and a 1995 baseline for hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.

Annual Targets

To help ensure delivery of the 2020 and 2050 targets, annual targets are set in secondary legislation at least 12 years in advance.

2010-2022 Targets:  The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010

2023-2027 Targets:  The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2011

2028-2032 Targets:  The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2016

The Climate Change Plan

After setting annual targets, a report setting out proposals and policies for meeting those targets is published.  A draft of the report is considered by the Scottish Parliament for a 60-day period.

The third Climate Change Plan, setting out policies and proposals to meet Scotland’s annual targets out to 2032 was published in draft in January 2017.

Advice before setting annual targets

Before setting annual targets, advice is sought from the UK Committee on Climate Change, an independent body established under the UK Climate Change Act 2008.  Further information about the Committee on Climate Change, including all of its reports and advice, is available on the Committee's website.

The following advice was received from the Committee on Climate Change:

2010-2022 Targets

Scotland's path to a low carbon economy, Committee on Climate Change, February 2010

2023-2027 Targets

2028-2032 Targets

Scottish emissions targets 2028-2032 - the high ambition pathway towards a low carbon economy, Committee on Climate Change, March 2016

Related scenarios

Updated advice on Scottish emissions targets 2028-2032.  This represents an update to the March 2016 advice.

Other Publications

A carbon assessment of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budgets estimates the greenhouse gas emissions associated with planned government spending.

A summary of funding for climate change mitigation measures has been produced for each draft Scottish Government budget since 2013-14.

Draft Budget 2013-14: Details of funding for climate change mitigation measures

Draft Budget 2014-15 and Spending Plans 2015-16 - details of funding for climate change mitigation measures

Draft Budget 2015-16:  Details of funding for climate change mitigation measures

Draft Budget 2016-17 - Details of funding for climate change mitigation measures

Draft Budget 2017-18 - Details of funding for climate change mitigation measures