Scottish Government publishes Climate Change Plan setting out emission reduction policies 2018-32

Scotland has been known for its ambitious climate change targets for nearly 10 years – since setting a world-leading 2020 target in its 2009 Climate Change Act. And Scotland is on track to deliver against this 2020 target. So where next for Scotland’s climate ambitions?

The Climate Change Plan – hot off the press – lays out how Scotland will deliver the necessary emission reductions over the next 15 years to meet 2032 targets, which will put Scotland on a course for a near zero carbon target by 2050.

It aims to deliver a low carbon economy while securing sustainable economic growth and wider social benefits to deliver a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland to 2032.

Our projects feeding into the Climate Change Plan

Our researchers have delivered evidence and analysis for government policy teams involved in drafting the Climate Change Plan.

In particular, we have been called on to bring together research and advice on modelling the energy and transport systems; on climate change behaviours and the social aspects of the low carbon transition; and on agriculture and land use options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions reductions 1990 - 2015:

Source: SPICe briefing ‘A Low Carbon Scotland – Progress, Plans and Paris’ 

A new Climate Change Bill

While preparing the Climate Change Plan the Scottish Government has also consulted on a new Climate Change Bill.

It sets even more ambitious targets than the 2009 Act, making provisions for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set when there is sufficient evidence to support its feasibility.

CXC is undertaking research and analysis to inform Scotland’s efforts to design a pathway to net-zero for Scotland.

Our projects for the climate change bill process