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Low Carbon Scotland - Draft Second Report on Climate Change Emissions

The Draft Second Climate Change Report on Proposals and Policies

On 29 January 2013 the Scottish Government published Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027.

This document is a draft of the second report on proposals and policies (RPP2) for meeting Scotland’s annual greenhouse gas emissions targets that the Scottish Ministers must lay before the Scottish Parliament in accordance with the requirements in section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The draft report considers areas with major emissions and/ or sequestration opportunities: energy supply with a focus on electricity generation; homes and communities; business, industry and the public sector; transport; waste and resource efficiency; and rural land use. A Technical Appendix to the draft report provides more detail about the analysis that underpins the figures used.

In addition, the draft report outlines the major cross sectoral areas that we need to focus on to achieve our ambitions: considering potential different futures that might come to pass; making the transition to a low carbon economy; getting our funding and financing mechanisms right; understanding and influencing behaviours; and the role of our spatial planning system.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has also been carried out on the measures set out in the draft RPP2 in accordance with the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. The findings of the assessment are set out within an Environmental Report and consultation on this will run concurrently with the Parliamentary consideration period described below.

This draft report is subject to a 60-day period for Parliamentary consideration. Before laying the final RPP2, Ministers must have regard to any representations on the draft report, any resolution on the draft passed by the Scottish Parliament, any report on the draft published by any Committees of the Parliament, and representations received on the accompanying Environmental Report.

Upon publication of the final RPP2, a SEA Post Adoption Statement will be prepared outlining how the SEA has been taken into account in development of the final RPP2.

Because efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions need to be made right across Scotland’s society and economy, the areas covered in the draft RPP2 fall within the remit of several of the Scottish Parliament’s subject committees. Details of the committees’ calls for evidence can be found on the Scottish Parliament website:

www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Committees.aspx

The Parliamentary scrutiny process is the principal means of commenting on the draft RPP2. If, however, you would like to make a representation directly on the draft RPP2 or the Environmental Report to the Scottish Government, you can send a submission to either of the following addresses:

E-mail: climate.change@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Hardcopy:
Climate Change Report on Proposals and Policies
The Scottish Government
Area 1-G (North)
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

If you do wish to send a submission directly to the Scottish Government we need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public or wish it to be regarded as confidential. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form as this will ensure that your response is treated appropriately.

All correspondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provision of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to submissions concerning the draft RPP2.

The 60-day period for Parliamentary consideration will conclude on 29 March 2013.

Ministers will lay the final version of RPP2 before Parliament together with a statement setting out details of any representations etc. made to them in respect of the draft and detailing any changes that have been made in response.