Serious concerns raised as emission target is missed
Last modified: 20 July 2012
The Scottish Government’s failure to meet the first target set by the Climate Change Act marks an extremely worrying start to the implementation of this legislation which RSPB Scotland played a key role in bringing to fruition.
The announcement that Scotland emitted more greenhouse gases in 2010 than the previous year, means ambition has not been matched by action.
The figures for 2010 show that Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by nearly 2% from 2009.
2010 is the first year in which annual emissions reduction targets have been set under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Act in 2009 and was praised for taking a world-leading stance on tackling climate change, which the RSPB believes is the greatest challenge facing people and wildlife.
RSPB is a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a coalition of organisation campaigning together on climate change.
Mike Robinson, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland board member, said: “Scotland is proud of our political leadership in setting legislation on this issue, but this has to translate into credible action on the ground.
“These figures underline the need for greater leadership in actually delivering reductions. World-leading climate legislation needs world-leading climate action.
“It is unacceptable to the thousands of people across Scotland who called for a strong Climate Change Act in 2009 that we have fallen short of this first test.
“Instead of driving the change people called for, the government has allowed emissions to rise and failed to lock in the drop in emissions caused by the economic downturn.
“Scottish Government climate policy is at a crossroads. To continue on the current path will mean Scotland hits only one annual emissions reduction target, set under the Act, between 2010 and 2022.
“The new action plan expected from the government must deliver the step change in effort called for by the UK Committee on Climate Change.”
SCCS will write to First Minister Alex Salmond this week setting out their concerns.
Mike Robinson added: “We urge the government to prioritise action on climate change and make low carbon activities central to the forthcoming budget.”
How you can help
You can do your bit to help stop climate chaos. Together we can make a difference.
Stop Climate Chaos