Scot-Govt aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032 in new climate-change plan

Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Environment Minister, with pupils at Currie high school in Edinburgh. It is not known if Cunningham answered the question of whether Scotland should build carbon capture and storage plants.
Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Environment Minister, with pupils at Currie high school in Edinburgh. It is not known if Cunningham answered the question (on the wall, above) of whether Scotland should build carbon capture and storage plants.

The minority-SNP Scottish government aims to cut emissions of greenhouse gases in Scotland by 66% by 2032 while hoping for a massive increase in BPVs (battery-powered vehicles)

Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Environment Minister, announced the draft new climate-change plan to MSPs at Holyrood earlier today (19 Jan 2017).

The government will also publish its draft new Scottish Energy Strategy next week.

Cunningham said the draft Climate Change Plan demonstrates “a new level of ambition” in its work to build a prosperous low-carbon economy and a healthier Scotland.

Scotland has already exceeded its 2020 climate change target by achieving a 42% reduction in emissions six years early. The draft Climate Change Plan raises ambitions higher still by setting out how Scotland can reduce emissions by 66% by 2032.

The proposals could lead to wide-ranging changes in transport, logistics, buildings, heating, power, agriculture and land management. The draft plan sets out that by 2032:

  • Scotland will have a fully decarbonised electricity sector able to remove CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 80% of domestic heat will be provided by low carbon heat technologies 
  • The proportion of ultra-low emission BPVs (battery powered vehicles) registered in Scotland annually will reach at least 40% 
  • 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands will be restored (against 1990 levels)
  • An annual woodland creation target to create at least 15,000 hectares per year.

Cunningham said: “Our proposals for further deep cuts in emissions represent a new level of ambition which will help maintain Scotland’s reputation as a climate leader within the international community.”

Maurice Golden, Tory MSP and shadow Scottish energy minister, said the 66% target was “truly transformational”.

He said his party was committed to sustainable transport, but said the government needed to get better at hitting targets.

He said it was clear there were “no firm plans” to deal with reducing transport emissions, and added: “While it’s welcome that we’ve made progress in reducing emissions in other sectors, the damage being caused by transport is still similar to the levels that we saw decades ago.”

The draft Climate Change Plan is available to view athttp://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781786527431

The draft plan will be scrutinised by Holyrood MPs over a 60-day period after which the final Climate Change Plan will be published.

The calculations use emission levels in 1990 as a baseline. This is in accordance with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act of 2009 and is in line with international practice.

 

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