Scotland plots path to net zero

The Scottish government has launched over 100 new policies and proposals to support a green recovery in Scotland and just transition to net zero.

On 16 December, it published an updated 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan, seeking to reflect the “world’s most ambitious framework of climate targets” that were set out in Scotland’s Climate Change Act 2019. Since the original publication of the plan, Scotland has set out the reduce emissions by 75% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and reach net zero by 2045 with Covid-19 not impacting these ambitions. Instead, the Scottish government stressed that as the country emerges from the virus, it now has the chance to rebuild its economy in a way that delivers a greener, fairer, more equal society.

The plan includes the launch of a £180mn Emerging Energy Technologies Fund (EETF), which is set to back the development of Scottish hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) industries over the next five years; an additional £120mn for zero emission buses to accelerate the decarbonisation of Scotland’s bus fleet; reducing the number of kilometres travelled by car by 20% by 2030, in line with the vision and priorities of Scotland’s new National Transport Strategy; phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030; and a plan to help create 1mn zero emission homes by 2030.

It also published a revised Draft Public Engagement Strategy for consultation in a bid to support the delivery of the updated plan, setting out how the Scottish government will continue to engage, support and encourage climate action.

It stressed its commitment to ensuring people are aware of the action it is taking to address climate change and how it relates to their lives; ensuring people are actively participating in shaping fair and inclusive policies that encourage adaptation to and mitigation of climate change; and ensuring taking action on climate change is normalised and encouraged in communities and places across Scotland.

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