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Climate Change Plan Update

4 January 2021

Securing a Green Recovery on a Path to Net Zero

The Scottish Government has published the Update to the Climate Change Plan 2018-2032 - Securing a Green Recovery on a Path to Net Zero. The document updates the 2018 Climate Change Plan, reflecting new and ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2045, as set by the Climate Change Act 2019.

The updated plan sets out the Scottish Government's plan to ensure a just and green recovery on the path to net zero, which prioritises economic, social, and environmental wellbeing, and responds to the climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

"Amid the enormous challenges of the global pandemic, the climate emergency has not gone away – far from it – and the Scottish Government remains absolutely committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change by 2045 in a just and fair way. Indeed, it is central to our recovery. We have the opportunity to design a better future and, coming out of the pandemic, put things back together differently." - Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Net Zero Nation Consultation

In addition to the updated Climate Change Plan, the Scottish Government has published Net Zero Nation: Draft Public Engagement for Climate Change for consultation. The draft public engagement strategy sets out a framework for engagement to increase awareness, enable participation and encourage action on climate change in Scotland. Read the draft strategy and respond to the consultation by 17 March 2021.

At an SSN Steering Group meeting on 20 January, representatives from the Scottish Government gave an overview of the Climate Change Plan Update followed by a Q+A. The presentation slides are now available here.

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