Scotland cuts 70 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, Scots Environment Minister tells Peru world climate-change summit


Aileen McLeod. MSP, Scotland's Environment Minister
Aileen McLeod. MSP, Scotland’s Environment Minister

Action on climate change has resulted in a cut in greenhouse gases emitted from Scotland that is equivalent to taking 70 million cars off the road for a year.

Scottish Environment Minister Aileen McLeod revealed this figure at UN climate talks in Lima, Peru.

Scotland has saved a total of 176 Mt CO2e since 1990, and is over halfway to meeting its world-leading target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020.

Lima is the last full session of Conference of the Parties (COP) session before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathers in Paris 2015 to agree a new global climate treaty.

McLeod said: “Scotland has world-leading ambitions which have already resulted in the equivalent of 70 million cars being taken off the road for a year. If all those cars were lined up bumper to bumper they would stretch for almost 180 thousand miles – far enough to go from Edinburgh to Lima and back 14 times.

“This is very encouraging, but climate change is not something that the Scottish Government can tackle alone. It needs action from every individual and every government.

“We know our targets are not easy, but it is clear the international community needs to match our world-leading climate change ambitions if we are to stand a good chance of agreeing a new international treaty next year that will limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Celsius.”

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