Climate Change Plan: third report on proposals and policies 2018-2032 (RPP3) - summary

Overview of our Climate Change Plan 2018-2032, setting out how we will continue to drive down emissions over the period to 2032.


This Summary Document provides an overview of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan 2018-2032[1].  

All data is consistent with the Climate Change Plan published in February 2018, with the exception of the renewable electricity generation figures in this document which update those in the Plan, based on new data now available from UK BEIS. These are referenced in footnotes. In addition, the section on the Scottish Energy Efficiency Scotland Programme has been updated to reflect the publication of the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map in May 2018. Finally the Climate Change adaptation section has been updated to reflect the publication of the fourth annual review of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme, which was laid in Parliament on 31 May 2018.


By 2032, Scotland will have reduced its emissions by 66%, relative to the baseline, while growing the economy, increasing the wellbeing of the people of Scotland and protecting and enhancing our natural environment.


  •   A healthier society
  •   An enhanced and protected natural environment
  •   A diversified, resilient and sustainable economy



  • Scotland’s electricity system, already largely decarbonised, will be increasingly important as a power source for heat and transport.
  • Scotland’s buildings will be insulated to an appropriate level, and will increasingly be heated and cooled by low carbon technologies.
  • Scotland will have phased out the need to buy petrol and diesel engine cars and vans, implemented low emission zones in Scotland’s largest cities and made significant progress in reducing emissions from buses, HGVs and ferries.
  • Our industrial sector will be more energy efficient, more productive, and increasingly use more innovative technologies, presenting significant economic and competitive opportunities.
  • Landfilling of biodegradable municipal waste will have ended, we will have reduced food waste, more of Scotland’s waste will be recycled and a more circular economy will present significant economic opportunities.
  • Scotland’s woodland cover will have increased, and more of our peatlands will be restored to good condition, benefiting people, biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • The Scottish agriculture sector will be among the lowest carbon and most efficient food production systems in the world.



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