Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target year: information and analysis

Information and analysis paper to support discussion of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill.

References and sources of further information

Section 1

UN webpages on climate change, including the Paris Agreement:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report on climate science:

World Meteorological Organisation Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017:

ClimateXChange landscape review of international assessments of the economic impacts of climate change (November 2017):

World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2016 - 2020:

Section 2

Three ClimateXChange reports on international comparisons, published November 2017, January 2018 and May 2018, can be found on their publications website.

London School of Economics analysis of climate change laws of the world:

7th National Communications from parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change:

EU webpages on climate change policy:

Nordic Council of Ministers report on Nordic action on climate change:

Finnish Government report on medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan for 2030:

California State Government webpages on climate action:

Section 3

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009:

The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan - the Third Report on Proposals and Policies, 2018 - 2032:

Committee on Climate Change website:

Committee on Climate Change’s initial advice (March 2017) on the Bill:

Committee on Climate Change’s updated advice (December 2017) on the Bill:

Most recent Official Statistics on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions (for 2015):

Archive of previous Official Statistics on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions:

Code of Practice governing Official Statistics:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines on accounting for emissions from wetlands (2013), which is to be implemented in the UK inventory over the coming years:

Section 4

National Physical Laboratory report on Understanding the UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory: An assessment of how the UK inventory is calculated and the implications of uncertainty 2017:

Most recent Official Statistics on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions (for 2015):

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Summary for Policymakers, Mitigation of Climate Change 2014:

Committee on Climate Change’s independent assessment of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy, 2018:

Committee on Climate Change’s report on the next steps for UK heat policy, 2016:

Official Report of the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee 27 March 2018:

Section 5

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change webpages on the Kyoto Protocol:

Farm Advisory Service:

Farming for a Better Climate

EU webpages on carbon leakage:

UK Government high-level review (2013) on Carbon Capture and Storage costs for UK industry:

UK Government report (2016) on electricity generation costs, including construction cost for project commissioning in 2025:

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 23 June 2017:

Transport Statistics:

Office for National Statistics UK business register and employment survey:

Office for National Statistics business register:

Export Statistics Scotland, 2016:

Expenditure on research and development, 2016:


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