The SNP manifesto will this week announce that a re-elected SNP Government will bring forward a new Climate Change Bill which will raise Scotland’s 2020 climate target from the current 42% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, to a new target to reduce emissions by more than 50% by 2020.
The exact level at which the new target will be set will come further to consultation with the Scottish Government’s independent advisers, the UK Committee on Climate Change.
It comes amid the latest official statistics which show that by 2013 – seven years ahead of the 2020 target date – Scotland had cut its emissions by 38.4%.
Scotland’s current target and the SNP’s proposals for a new target compare to the UK target of a 35% cut in emissions by 2020, and the EU target of 40% cut in emissions by 2030. Emissions are measured against a base year of 1990.
Scottish Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said: “Scotland has been a genuine world leader in the area of climate change and green energy, and the latest evidence shows that we are on track to exceed our 42% target – indeed we had already reached 38.4% back in 2013 – the latest year for which statistics are available.
“Figures released last month showed that the SNP has powered through our renewable energy targets, so now we are raising our ambition on tackling climate change once again”.
Meanwhile, renewable energy supplier Good Energy is to launch a carbon neutral gas tariff to celebrate the signing of the UN Climate Change Agreement in New York next week.
The new gas tariff, partly made up from biomethane – or ‘green gas’ – is designed to make it easy for energy customers to take action against climate change.
Good Energy’s new carbon neutral gas tariff compliments the firm’s 100% renewable electricity supply, which together give consumers a way to cut their personal carbon footprint by up to 50%.