Scot-Gov. to publish new Climate Change plan after vote for UK independence from EU-bloc

Roseanna Cunningham, MSP
Roseanna Cunningham, MSP

The Scottish Government will publish its latest draft Climate Change Plan on Thursday (19 January 2017) which will set out the policies and proposals it plans to use to help to reduce emissions over the coming years.

Scotland has already exceeded its 2020 emissions reductions target of delivering 42% emissions reductions, six years early.

Scottish Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said last night: “The European Union has been a significant driver of environmental policy and legislation for the last 40 years. As consumers we have benefitted from EU rules and as a society we have achieved a high level of environmental protection and measures to combat climate change. This has helped Scotland progress our world leading low carbon ambitions.

“We must continue to do our utmost to protect our position as climate change leaders and to continue to play the role that we have been playing in contributing to EU-wide environmental policies. EU climate leadership and diplomacy and being able to negotiate on level terms with the USA, China and India, was central to delivering an ambitious international climate agreement.”

This will be the publication of the third Climate Change Plan and policies and proposals, previous versions are available at:

Meanwhile, the Scot-Govt’s Standing Council on Europe – chaired by Dame Anne Glover, former scientific adviser to the president of the EU Commission – is due to meet next month to discuss the impact of the EU referendum on the environment and climate change.

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