Date lodged: 6 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment by the UK Government's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, that “time is no longer on our side” in global efforts in reduce carbon emissions and tackling climate change.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 10 February 2017
The Scottish Government agrees with Sir David King that time is of the essence in the global fight against harmful climatic change, with 2016 having been confirmed as the hottest year on record. Swift implementation of the Paris Agreement is central to the international response with action required at all levels of government and civic society. The Scottish Government is committed to delivering an ambitious domestic agenda to cut emissions, evidenced so far by having met our 2020 target of 42% six years early. Scotland’s commitment to tackling climate change is further reinforced by publication of the draft Climate Change Plan, setting out how Scotland can reduce emissions by 66% by 2032, and the draft Energy Strategy, which outlines an ambitious vision for a modern, low carbon Scotland with a new target to deliver the equivalent of 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. In addition, forthcoming proposals for a new Climate Bill will seek to set a new more stretching target for 2020. It is now up to other countries to match Scotland’s ambition.