Posted on: 24/01/2017
The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to cut the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions by 66% of 1990 levels by 2032.
The country smashed its previous 2020 target six years early by reducing emissions by 42%.
By 2032, Scotland aims to:
- fully decarbonise its electricity sector;
- provide 80% of domestic heating by low-carbon technology;
- and have 40% of the new cars and vans registered each year meeting ultra-low carbon standards.
Opponents criticise lack of action
Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change &Land Reform, said: “Our proposals for further deep cuts in emissions represent a new level of ambition that will help maintain Scotland’s reputation as a climate leader within the international community.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur said: “We need top up our game in the areas of heat and transport, where progress to date has been slow or non-existent.”
Tom Ballantine, Chair of campaign group Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, added: “We have serious concerns about the plan’s lack of new actions to deliver this vision.”
> See the Scottish Government's statement