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Climate Change Bill - Consultation Paper

Climate Change Bill - Consultation Paper

Friday, June 30, 2017

ISBN: 9781788510776

This paper contains proposals for a new Climate Change Bill. The proposed Climate Change Bill will amend only those parts of the 2009 Act that relate to emission reduction targets and associated reporting duties. This paper is accompanied by a public consultation on these proposed changes which will run between 30th June and 22nd September 2017.

Executive Summary

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Action to mitigate climate change is a key component of the Scottish Government’s aim to create a growing, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set world-leading greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, including a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.


The Scottish Government intends to introduce a new Climate Change Bill with even more ambitious targets. Proposals include setting targets based on actual emissions, increasing the 2050 target to 90% emissions reduction, and making provisions for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set when the evidence becomes available.


A number of technical amendments designed to improve the transparency of the targets and functioning of the Act are also being considered. The Bill will reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to focusing Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth