Scottish government signs 2045 net-zero goal into law


After a four-month wait, members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have voted to pass the Climate Change Bill, by a vote of 113 to 0, unanimously agreeing on a full net-zero energy transition by 2045, a full five years ahead of Britain’s 2050 target.

The vote at Holywood yesterday also saw MSPs commit to a 75% transition goal by 2030 – broadly considered to be the “toughest statutory target” set for any country in the world.

Scottish Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Our new Climate Change Bill demonstrates what international leadership on climate action means. Not only are we setting legally binding targets to reduce emissions to net-zero in direct response to the Paris Agreement, we are also putting in place the most stringent framework of statutory targets of any country in the world.

“No one should be in any doubt of the Scottish Government’s commitment to use every policy lever at our disposal to rise to this challenge.

“Our end target is firmly based on what we are told is the limit of what can currently be achieved. It is the maximum possible ambition based upon the best available science and requires the UK to take action to meet their targets is Scotland is to meet ours. In the interim, while  there is some uncertainty over the precise route that can be taken, we believe it is right to be as ambitious as possible to drive the action required to make the changes we need.”

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