Scottish Government pledges further climate change action

07 May 2019

Article: 53/1806

The Scottish Government has lodged amendments to the Climate Change Bill, which now sets a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest, with Scotland aiming to become carbon neutral by 2040.

The amendments are in response to calls from young people, scientists and businesses across the country, and Scottish ministers have adopted the findings of a report issued by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

This means that in addition to the net-zero target for 2045, Scotland will aim to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 and 90% by 2040, which are the amongst the most ambitious statutory targets in the world.

The committee’s recommended targets for Scotland are contingent on the UK adopting a net-zero greenhouse gas emission target for 2050.

Source: Scottish Government, 2 May 2019