Just before Christmas, the Scottish Government published an update to Scotland’s 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan. The update was required by the new emission reduction targets set in the Climate Change Act 2019. Originally due in Spring last year, the update was delayed by the Covid-19 crisis. The plan now commits Scotland to a ‘Green Recovery’ and a ‘Just Transition’ to net-zero: “We have the opportunity to design a better future and, coming out of the pandemic, put things back together differently.”
There is much to be welcomed in the plan, as well as a number of areas of concern.
SCCAN is a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland which carried out a detailed analysis of the updated plan and submitted evidence to all four of the Parliamentay committees currently considering the update.
SCCAN’s own, brief response to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee focussed on the need for a fundamental rethink of our economic system, support for localisation and for much better understanding of the role of community-led action.