Scotland misses its CO2 target, but climate group still positive for 2020


Ian Marchant
Ian Marchant

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group has called upon all Scottish businesses and organisations, across all sectors, to play their part and ensure cutting carbon is a priority in their strategies.

Between 1990 and 2012, there was a 29.9% reduction in estimated emissions in Scotland and the 2020 Group say this is evidence that the only way to reach the 2020 targets is by leadership, sharing, collaborating and importantly, participating.

The Group is certain that the longer term target of a 42% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 can still be achieved, providing a high degree of urgency is placed on, and integrated in, businesses and organisations across Scotland.

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group was formed in 2009 with the support of the Scottish Government, to ensure that all sectors of Scotland’s economy and civic society contribute fully to achieving Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets

Ian Marchant, Chairman, 2020 Group, commented: “Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group calls on all sectors of Scottish society to reinvigorate efforts to meet the targets. The Group is founded in business, and by working together to deliver a low carbon future for Scotland through smarter collaborations and better conversations, everyone can benefit.”

“Scotland should be leading the way and demonstrating its credentials and this is only possible if people realise it’s not going away – climate change is not a scientific myth, and measures to reduce should be a vital component of any successful business.


“And if we are serious about tackling carbon emissions and the future of our children and grandchildren, we have to have reliable and up-to-date data to be able to assess the impact of policies and changes. Having <the latest available> 2012 data released in 2014 isn’t helping us.”

In order to mark 2020 days left until 2020, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group is holding a networking event on 20 June 2014 at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, to enable businesses to collaborate further on the agenda of climate change and to bolster business activity in order to meet future targets and the long term target of a 42% reduction in CO2 emissions.

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