Scottish climate bill passes first hurdle

The Scottish parliament gave unanimous backing to the ‘general principles’ of the Scottish government’s Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill in a debate yesterday.

The preliminary vote follows general support for the bill’s net zero commitment, with some suggestions for amendment, expressed by the parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee last month.

“The Scottish government has been absolutely clear about achieving its long-term goal of net zero emissions as soon as possible. Throughout the bill process, we have been consistent in our intention to set a target date for that in law, as soon as it can be done credibly and responsibly. The bill includes the most ambitious statutory emissions reduction targets of any country in the world for 2020, 2030 and 2040, and it means that Scotland will be carbon neutral by 2050,” said environment minister Roseanna Cunningham.

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