Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Scotland plans 80% emissions reduction by 2050

Here is a news-story on Scotland setting an 80% reduction target by 2050. This is good to see and hopefully other natins will follow their lead on this.

SNP Targets 80% Emissions Reduction By 2050
29 January, 2008

The SNP government today launched its ambitious plans to tackle climate change with the publication of the Scottish Climate Change Bill Consultation.

The proposal for a statutory target to reduce Scottish "emissions" (either carbon dioxide or a basket of 6 greenhouse gases) by 80 per cent by 2050 is one of the key components of the consultation.

It also includes a proposal for an annual report on progress in achieving government targets; creating a framework of carbon budgets for Scottish emissions to set out a pathway towards the 2050 target; and publishing "transparent, robust and independent advice on when, and to what level, cuts in emissions should be made."

Launching the consultation John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth said:

"The Scottish Government is determined to play a leading role in action on climate change. We are proposing to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and we expect others to follow. That is the scale of the challenge that confronts us."

Scotland produces only 0.15% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, a proportion that will fall as large developing countries continue to industrialise, the report notes.

"The actions we take today can bring clear and tangible benefits to Scotland now and in the future. Moving towards a low carbon economy can create new jobs and improve local environments as part of our drive to generate sustainable economic growth."


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