The SNP Government has outlined plans that will see Scotland surpass advice on reducing carbon emissions provided by the impartial UK Committee on Climate Change.

The publication of the 2nd Report on Policies and Proposals (RPP2) sets out detailed plans for how Scotland will meet its year on year targets between now and 2027 and make progress towards our world leading goals of reducing CO2 emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

As the report makes clear, “the package of proposals and policies outlined in this report has the capacity to deliver emissions cuts well in excess of the amount that the independent expert Committee on Climate Change suggested was possible.”

A comparison of carbon emission reduction progress from 1990 levels shows that Scotland has already achieved greater progress on carbon emission reduction than any of the 15 pre-enlargement members of the EU and is ahead of the average for the whole of the EU.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald who sits on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee said:

“The SNP Government has today made clear that it plans to go even further than the UK Committee on Climate Change’s recommendations and that is positive news that should be welcomed by everyone who wants to see Scotland leading the way on this issue.

“Scotland rightly brought in world leading carbon emission reduction goals and the publication of the RPP2 document today clearly sets out how we will go about achieving these targets.

“Scotland is already leading Western Europe on efforts to reduce carbon emissions and today’s announcements show that the SNP Government is determined to remain at the forefront of such progress.

“We are already more than half-way towards meeting our interim target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 and today’s publication will set out how we will complete the rest of that journey.

“The leadership that Scotland is showing on this issue is an example of the kind of positive role that an independent Scotland can become known for on the world stage. That is the kind of positive, pro-active role that Scotland can aspire to and which we can secure with a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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