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"Today's report makes clear that we need to see a step change in policy effort if we are to play our full part in tackling climate change. This is true at the Scottish level as well as at the UK level. The Scottish Government already knows most of the answers but its climate action plan is not fully funded. Current levels of support mean we are set to miss target after target in the coming years. The necessary investment in our homes and transport system will help reduce fuel costs and improve the nations health, while reducing our emissions. The Scottish Government must now deliver on our world leading climate legislation and turn ambition into action if we are to lock in the unexpected emissions reductions from the economic downturn and put Scotland firmly onto a path for a low carbon future.

"The Committee roundly criticise the UK Government for the ridiculous length of time it has taken to get the UK moving on carbon capture and storage. The Government's £1bn competition has been running for 4 years and the only entry left is the proposal for a full-scale trial of carbon capture at Longannet. This important project should be given the go ahead as soon as possible."

The Committee predict that Scottish emissions fell in 2009 because of the recession, following a similar fall on 2008, but that emissions for 2010 will probably be higher because of the cold weather and the increased economic activity. The report highlights the fact that emissions from Scotland have fallen in all sectors except transport. While the overall fall was 21%, transport emissions rose 8%.

In Scotland, emissions were 21% lower than 1990 levels in 2008. Emissions fell in all sectors except transport, which increased 7%.


Notes to Editors

[1] UK Committee on Climate Change Press release and report

[2] Joint NGO report on energy strategy for Scotland: Power of Scotland Secured