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Holyrood Report: Climate Change Targets Must Be Equally Challenging

A new Holyrood report, published earlier this month (March 10th), on the Scottish government’s draft climate change plan has recommended that all climate change targets across all of the country’s sectors be “equally challenging” in a bid to cut emissions over the next 15 years.

One of the main concerns raised was this level of inequality across industries – the transport sector, for example, makes up 28 per cent of harmful emissions but its targets are weaker compared to others in the country.

MSP Graeme Dey, environment, climate change and land reform committee convener, noted that the committee remains unimpressed with the lack of detailed information included in the draft version of the climate change plan.

“In order to come to a view on how robust and achievable the targets are, we must have considerably more data around some of the specific measures. Not only will this allow for proper scrutiny, it will also help the Scottish Parliament to hold the government to account on progress in years to come,” he said.

Back in February, Nicola Sturgeon – Scottish First Minister – announced that 100 organisations around the country are set to benefit from a funding pot of £10 million to help provide local support to help tackle climate change.

The Climate Challenge Fund has been established to support community projects in a bid to inspire local people to care more about climate change and what it could mean to them and their day-to-day lives. Ms Sturgeon noted at the time that behaviour change is crucial, as is community action, when it comes to hitting climate change targets and ambitions.


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