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Scotland passes climate bill

Date
25 June 2009

The Climate Group co-hosted the Scottish Green Week event, "Power of the regions", in Brussels with different representatives of key European regional governments and experts.

Timing couldn't have been better with the groundbreaking Climate Change Bill voted on the same day in the Scottish Parliament.

Many States and Regions in The Climate Group's Alliance have shown leadership, but Scotland now also leads the world with voting in a bill that sets a target to reduce greenhouse gases by 42 per cent by 2020 - the most ambitious target put into law in the world. 

The Bill includes:

  • All internationally recognized greenhouse gases;
  • Emissions from international aviation and shipping;
  • A system of annual targets for cuts in emissions;
  • An interim target of at least 34% emissions cuts by 2020, increasing to at least 42% if the European Union agrees to 30% cuts as part of a new global agreement on climate change; and
  • A legally binding commitment on all future Scottish governments to deliver at least 80% cuts in emissions by 2050.

Luc Bas from The Climate Group office in Brussels said, "Scotland has clearly understood that setting ambitious targets for a quick transition to a low carbon economy is a huge opportunity and not a burden. One can only hope that Scotland's example will change the mood of the parties negotiating an urgent global deal in Copenhagen this December. Instead of trying to push around responsibilities they may now sit up and take notice of the advantages that ambitious climate change policies create."

Premier Jean Charest, Quebec, Canada said, "Congratulations to the Government of Scotland on the passage of this ground breaking legislation that will bind the current and future governments to ambitious reduction targets. Scotland proves once again that federated states and regions are implementing the concrete actions that support a Global Deal in Copenhagen."

Premier Gary Doer, Manitoba, Canada said, "Scotland is leading the way in comprehensive legislation and climate actions to deal with emissions from all sectors of the economy. The ambitions set out in the legislation and focus on green energy,energy efficiency and forests, make Scotland a world leader in climate action." "Scotland's ambitious and comprehensive targets encourage other nations to step up to the plate as we look toward an international agreement in Copenhagen, and it sends a message to the world that we must act now and must act swiftly," says Governor Schwarzenegger whose State of California is a founding member of TCG.

Premier Gary Doer, Manitoba, Canada said, "Scotland is leading the way in comprehensive legislation and climate actions to deal with emissions from all sectors of the economy. The ambitions set out in the legislation and focus on green energy,energy efficiency and forests, make Scotland a world leader in climate action."

"Scotland's ambitious and comprehensive targets encourage other nations to step up to the plate as we look toward an international agreement in Copenhagen, and it sends a message to the world that we must act now and must act swiftly," says Governor Schwarzenegger whose State of California is a founding member of TCG.

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