Sustainability is at the core of the Scottish Government's Purpose, of focussing government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. We are proud of and remain dedicated to delivery of our ambitious climate change targets of reducing emissions by 42% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050, as set in our world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act, 2009. We will publish our Climate Change Plan in January 2017, setting out measures out to 2032 allowing us to meet these targets.
This Carbon Assessment of the Draft Budget contributes to our Purpose and demonstrates our commitment to tackling climate change by highlighting the greenhouse gas implications of Government spending plans over 2017-18.
The Carbon Assessment should be read alongside the Second Report on Proposals and Policies ( RPP2), which sets out specific measures that can deliver the emission cuts needed to achieve our statutory targets out to 2027.
Derek Mackay, MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution