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Scotland's contribution to the Paris Agreement: indicative Nationally Determined Contribution

Scotland’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – an indicative Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

23 Jul 2021
Scotland's contribution to the Paris Agreement: indicative Nationally Determined Contribution

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement, and set out frameworks, commitments and actions underway to reduce emissions in line with limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels (with pursuit of efforts to limit it to 1.5 ºC) and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The Scottish Government is committed to raising global climate ambition and action at all levels and from all sections of society. As part of our commitment and ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, we are publishing our indicative nationally determined contribution in the spirit of the Paris Agreement to encourage others to similarly set out their climate change policies and plans and in order to support increased individual and collective ambition and action. The scale, scope and speed of the transformation that is required and to which Scotland is committed brings significant challenges, but anything less would be to fail our people and planet. Our aim is that setting out our framework and commitments on climate mitigation and adaptation in this way can support the learning, openness and working alongside each other we all require, as together we can tackle those challenges and move to a Net Zero, fairer and more sustainable future.

Drawing together Scotland’s ambitious policy framework and commitments to climate change action, this iNDC sets out Scotland’s approach to tackling climate change, including our distinct framework of statutory emissions reduction targets, and focus on the necessity and opportunities of a just transition to net-zero emissions that creates green jobs, tackles inequalities and nurtures wellbeing. In this, Scotland recognises climate change as a human rights issue and action on climate change to be fundamentally important to the future prosperity of Scotland’s people and the planet.