Just hours after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)’s suggestion that it was possible, Scotland has committed to net-zero status by 2045.
In line with advice from the CCC, Scottish ministers have filed amendments to the country’s Climate Change Bill to target net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2045, with plans for Scotland to be carbon-neutral by 2040. The commitment is legally binding.
Nicola Sturgeon, head of the country’s ruling Scottish National Party, also announced further goals for the country which include reducing emissions by 70% by 2030, and 90% by 2040.
A government statement suggests that it has answered the call from young people, scientists and businesses across the country”
The country will also work to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030 and by 90% before 2040 on the way towards this goal.
In a statement the government suggests it has responded to “calls from young people, scientists and businesses across the country”
In a newly-published report, the CCC has suggested that the UK as a whole should target net-zero status by 2050, noting however, that Scotland is well-placed to be meet the goal ahead of its neighbours. Wales, said the committee, will likely find the transition more challenging but it should target a 95% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “There is a global climate emergency and people across Scotland have been calling, rightly, for more ambition to tackle it and safeguard our planet for future generations.
“Having received independent, expert advice that even higher targets are now possible and given the urgency required on this issue, I have acted immediately to set a target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for 2045 which will see Scotland become carbon-neutral by 2040.”