Net zero: Scotland’s 2045 target becomes law

Plans for Scotland to become carbon neutral five years before the rest of the UK have now come into law after receiving royal assent.

MSPs had approved in September the new Climate Change Bill, which set out an interim target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030 on 1990 levels and instructed ministers to establish a citizens’ climate assembly. 

The Green Party abstained from the final vote after their amendment to increase the 2030 emissions reduction target to 80% was rejected. 

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