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Climate Change

Climate changeThe 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.

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).

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014 data was published on 14 June 2016.

The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report 2013 was published on 27 October 2015.

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On 21 September 2016, we published a Climate Change Public Conversation series - Climate Conversations "How to" Guide and resources, an evidence based practical guide to holding public conversations about climate change.

On 13 September 2016, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreeing to delay publication of the draft Climate Change Plan until January 2017.  The Committee had written to the Cabinet Secretary requesting a delay to publication on 6 September.

On 13 September 2016, the Committee on Climate Change published their annual report on Scottish progress on climate change mitigation. The report may be found on the Committee’s website.

On 7 September 2016, draft orders under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 were laid before the Scottish Parliament in relation to setting annual targets for the years 2028-2032 and a limit on the use of carbon units over the period 2018-2022.  A statement on the proposed annual targets was published on the same date.

On 6 September 2016, as part of A Plan For Scotland: The Scottish Government's Programme For Scotland 2016-17, it was announced that proposals for a new Climate Change Bill, including an ambitious new 2020 target of reducing actual Scottish emissions by more than 50%, will be outlined in early 2017.

On 6 July 2016, the Committee on Climate Change published updated advice on Scottish emissions targets 2028-2032.  This represents an update to the advice published on 15 March 2016.

On 24 June 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, requesting that the Committee update the advice provided on 15 March 2016 in light of the greenhouse gas emission statistics published on 14 June 2016.

On 14 June 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change requesting advice on Scotland’s future targets in response to the Paris agreement.

On 14 June 2016, Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014 data was published.

On 29 January 2016, the new Scottish Government marketing campaign on climate change launched.  It can be seen across TV, cinema, digital platforms, field marketing, PR and partnerships for eight weeks (http://www.greenerscotland.org/climate-change).

On 28 January 2016, the Scottish Government announced that the Climate Challenge Fund will continue in 2016-17.

On 13 January 2016, a document summarising the principal lines within the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2016-17 which support the delivery of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was published.




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