The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised the Scottish Government to set a target of reducing the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions to 66% of 1990 levels by 2030.

As an interim step, the committee said a 56% reduction target by 2020 should also be set.

Enshrining the targets in forthcoming Scottish Parliament legislation this autumn would allow Scotland to set an “ambitious” 90% reduction goal for 2050, above the current 80% target.

The CCC, which is the independent body setup to advise both central and devolved governments, also wants Scotland to include its share of aviation and maritime emissions in its figures.

Scotland ‘leading the way’

Professor Jim Skea, a Member of the CCC, said: “Scotland has been leading the way in reducing emissions while continuing to grow its economy.
“The Paris Agreement represents a landmark change in global action to tackle climate change.

“The proposed legislation could allow Scotland to build on its own progress and international changes.”

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