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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08461: McArthur, Liam (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it supports the UK Climate Change Committee proposal published in its report, Advice on the new Scottish Climate Change Bill, to shift the overall accounting framework on emissions to one based on actual emissions, and whether it considers that this would be more transparent than the existing framework.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 April 2017

The Scottish Government welcomes the recently published advice from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on the levels, forms and mechanisms of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the forthcoming Climate Change Bill. The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining an evidence-based approach to climate targets, of which the CCC’s independent, expert advice forms an important part.

The Scottish Government has committed to setting targets in the Climate Change Bill on the basis of reductions in actual Scottish emissions, which it considers will increase transparency. The Scottish Government is carefully considering the CCC’s recommendations on implementing a move to actual emissions accounting.