Scotland reboots climate change ambition
29 January 2020 | Mitigation
Scottish politicians, academics, industry and environmental organisations have formed a new working group to update Scotland’s Climate Change Plan.
Climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham will chair the group, tasked with implementing actions to meet new emissions targets.
The 2018-32 Climate Change Plan provides for a reduction in annual emissions of just over 10 mega-tonnes by 2032, but new targets mean that a reduction of 25 mega-tonnes will now be needed by the same date.
The group will meet for the first time on 30 January 2020 and then monthly until the addendum to the plan is laid before parliament at the end of April.
Announcing the group, Cunningham said: “Last May, I committed to updating our Climate Change Plan within six months of our new Climate Change bill receiving Royal Assent and, in order to achieve the scale and pace of nationwide activity required, it is important that parliament and our wider society is involved in the development of that addendum.
“The reduction in emissions we need to achieve will require action by everybody. The Scottish Government will do everything it can, and the UK Government, households, businesses and industry will all need to play their part too. Ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change must be a truly national endeavour.”
The Scottish Government’s climate change plans cover a 10-15 year period from publication.
The current plan was published in February 2018 and covers the period to 2032.
The remit of the Climate Change Plan stakeholder working group is to understand the scale of the challenge inherent in meeting the new annual emission reduction targets out to 2032, particularly in relation to public finances and the Scottish Economy.
The group will also discuss options for managing the challenges and risks and maximise the opportunities and benefits and prioritise actions for the update.
Cunningham added: “We must ensure our transformation to net-zero takes place in a just and fair way – no-one should be left behind. That is why the Scottish Government undertook The Big Climate Conversation last year and will shortly establish a Citizens Assembly on Climate Change.
“I look forward to this group engaging openly, constructively and collaboratively to help deliver our highly ambitious emissions targets.”
The membership of the group includes Kate Forbes, minister for public finance and digital economy, Mairi Gougeon, minister for rural affairs and the natural environment, Claudia Beamish, from the Scottish Labour Party and Mark Ruskell, from the Scottish Green Party.