Scottish Climate Bill Proposed, Aggressive Reductions Promised
The Scottish Government has proposed a new climate change bill that seeks a drastic reduction in GHG emissions.
The targets in the Scottish Climate Change Bill will include a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a cut of 80% by 2050.
The bill is far more aggressive than any other proposal from the international community yet and has garnered the support of opposition parties, provided such lofty proposals can be backed with action,
Opposition parties also largely welcomed the bill, but Scottish Labour's climate change spokesman Des McNulty said his party would be scrutinising the bill to ensure its words would be matched with action.
The proposal includes measures on energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, and packaging, in addition to limits on international aviation and shipping emissions. The bill targets all six GHG gasses, not just CO2.
Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said the bill would give Scotland the most ambitious climate change legislation anywhere in the world.
He added: "The measures set out in the bill show that Scotland is at the forefront of global efforts to tackle climate change.
"Achieving these targets will be challenging, but I am confident that government, business and the people of Scotland are ready to rise to the challenge of climate change."
The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050.
The minister admitted that the targets were not an end in themselves, but stressed the importance of delivery.
If the bill is passed it would set a precedent for the international community to follow.