7 June 2013

Scotland on Track to Hit 2020 Emissions Target

The news that Scotland continues to lead EU progress on reducing carbon emissions has been welcomed by local MSP Stewart Stevenson.

Official figures released today by the Scottish Government show a 9.9 per cent year on year reduction on unadjusted emissions – the largest reduction on record - and good progress being made across a range of sectors.

The figures also show that Scotland retains its position at the top of the EU15 countries for emissions reductions and has met the Scottish Government’s climate change reduction goal in percentage terms – with a 25.7 per cent reduction between 1990 and 2011.

Commenting, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson who, as Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change piloted Scotland’s world-leading legislation through Parliament, said:

“Under this SNP Government, Scotland is now more than halfway to achieving its 2020 target of reducing emissions by 42% and these figures are welcome news of the great progress that has been made.

“I also welcome that we have met the annual target in percentage terms, demonstrating Scotland’s commitment to emissions reduction that sees it still leading all other EU15 countries.

“That Scotland has been able to take such a world-leading role on climate change under the limited powers of devolution highlights the potential for Scotland’s role as a good global citizen under Scottish independence.”

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