Scotland is aiming to become one of the first countries to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, according to Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
The new Climate Change Bill sets a target of a 90 per cent reduction by 2050, which the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) states is currently “at the limit of feasibility.”
The draft Bill sets out that the Scottish Government intends to go further still and achieve a 100% reduction in emissions, known as ‘net-zero’, as soon as possible.
Ministers will be legally required to keep the net-zero target date under review by seeking expert advice on the issue every five years. The target date will become legally-binding, subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament, as soon as there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate the date is credible and achievable.
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