Scotland Announces 2030 Carbon Target
Clean Edge News
The Scottish Government is investing over £1.14 billion ($1.8 billion) over the next three years on measures to address climate change and today published the second draft Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2). The report details climate change strategies, which build on Scotland’s current low carbon action plan, to meet its world leading and ambitious climate change targets up to 2027.
By 2010 Scotland was more than halfway to meeting its 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent. According to the government, the RPP2 shows how Scotland can step up its effort from the first RPP to deliver even greater emissions reductions while stressing that higher ambition and more urgent action is needed across the EU and UK to tackle what is a global climate challenge.
- A new decarbonisation target to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by more than four-fifths by 2030
- Commitment to deliver the equivalent of at least 100 per cent of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020
- A National Retrofit Programme to transform older and colder homes into energy efficient homes
- A £50 million Warm Homes Fund providing grants and loans for renewable energy measures to heat homes
- A new domestic Heat Strategy including publication of a Draft Outline Heat Vision which sets our ambition for a largely decarbonised heat sector by 2030
- Measures to reduce the impact of transport through active travel, low carbon vehicles and congestion reduction with over £200 million investment on top of our on-going investment in public transport
- Ambitious proposals to maximise emissions benefits of restoring degraded peatland
- Increasing woodland creation rates to 10,000 hectares per year
- Phased introduction of bans on materials that may be landfilled, including a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill be the end of 2020, the first of its kind in the UK
The draft report will now be considered in Parliament for a 60-day period, and a final report will be published in the summer.