Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 31% from 2008 to 2018, mainly due to reduced emissions in the power sector. The report identifies priority actions to reduce emissions further.
Space port to go ahead on peatlands.
Highland Council says it will build on the climate-friendly changes during COVID-19 towards a green recovery, but at the same time it continues to allow destruction of peat reserves. Meanwhile the Scottish Government has committed £250 million to restoring peatlands over the next 10 years.
Greenhouse gas emissions increased 1.5% from 2017 to 2018. Transport remains the biggest contributor to Scotland’s climate footprint.
Leading climate scientist Kevin Anderson says the UK is far off track to meeting its fair share of emissions under the landmark 2015 Paris agreement, and explains the scale of effort that is needed.
With little time to change the course of the climate crisis, here are a few positive developments.
The planning inspectorate recommended to ministers that the 3.6GW gas plant was to be refused permission because it “would undermine the government’s commitment, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, to cut greenhouse emissions” by having “significant...