Scotland’s ambitious Climate Change Bill will help build a low-carbon economy – 1 December 2008

Scottish Cabinet Secretary John Swinney MP joined David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the CCC today in Edinburgh to present the findings of “Building a low-carbon economy” and to debate what the report’s conclusions mean for Scotland.

The Scottish draft Climate Change Bill, published last week, has proposed a reduction in emissions of all greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050. The Bill will also see emissions cut by 3 per cent each year from 2020, and annual targets will be set from 2010 to 2020, following advice from the CCC.

The CCC revealed last week that there is the potential in Scotland to reduce emissions by up to 7.5 MtCO2e by 2020. This could be achieved predominantly by cutting down on emissions from transport, from agriculture, land-use, waste and forestry and in the power sector.

David Kennedy said today:

“Scotland has a vital role to play in contributing towards UK-wide efforts to tackle climate change. The CCC will continue to work closely with the Scottish Executive by providing advice  and analysis on how the targets set out within their Climate Change Bill can be met”.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney said:

“We take our responsibilities on climate change very seriously. We cannot parcel climate change action off to a peripheral part of Government, it has to become a mainstream priority for every part of Government”.