Scottish Government should act now to tackle climate change – 27 January 2009

David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the CCC appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee on 27 January 2009 to discuss Scotland’s Climate Change Bill and how best emissions cuts can be made by the National Authority. He emphasised that swift action must be taken immediately and over the next five, 10 and 15 years in particular to halt the effects of climate change. “We must act now. We must take opportunities and put in place the necessary policies. If we do not, we will miss the boat on reducing the risk of dangerous climate change”.

He said that: “up to 2020, Scotland will be looking for reductions of at least 2 per cent, moving towards 3 per cent, to be consistent with the UK as a whole”. The Scottish Government will rely on the CCC for advice on the emissions targets that it should set under its Climate Change Bill for the time being but the Scottish Parliament will reserve the right to set up a separate Scottish Climate Change Committee. The full transcript of the hearing is available from the Scottish Parliament’s website.