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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 2013 data was published on 9 June 2015.

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

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On 27 October 2015 the Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report 2013 was published.


On 9 June 2015 Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2013 data was published. The Scottish Government announced a package of action across energy, environment and transport.


On 24 March 2015 the Committee on Climate Change published their 2015 progress report Reducing Emissions in Scotland.  


On 26 November 2014 Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment approved funding to extend the support services currently provided to the public sector by the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) which is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

By extending the workplan funding through to March 2017,  SSN is well placed to deliver continued support to help major players in Scotland deliver on their public bodies duties under the Climate Change Act.  This funding package also includes support to roll out the ISM (Individual, Social and Material) model of low carbon behaviours.

The seven strong SSN team will provide practical support based on three main public sector climate change action areas – Mitigation, Adaptation and Sustainability.  Building on the many services already provided, the SSN team will focus on climate change compliance reporting, guidance and analysis, promoting best practice, authentic leadership and delivering an effective programme of climate change training, research and sustainable procurement activities.


On 20 November 2014 the Environment Agency published the CRC Annual Report Publication (ARP) 2013-2014.


On 11 November 2014 a document summarising the principal lines within the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2015-16  which support the delivery of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was published.



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