Scotland seeks 90% emissions reduction in 2050

Scotland is consulting on raising its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction target to 90%, along with higher interim targets in a new Climate Bill

The Scottish government's proposed new climate bill aims for much greater ambition and clarity in emissions reporting. Photograph: Guillermo Avello/123RF

The Scottish government has announced ambitious proposals for its new Scottish Climate Bill, raising its long term greenhouse gas reduction target for 2050 from 80% to 90% relative to 1990.

Its consultation, launched on 30 June, also makes provisions for greater transparency and for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set in line with the longer term aims of the Paris Agreement once the scientific and economic evidence for this have been assessed more fully.1

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