“Our efforts to date have been recognised by the UN, which described Scotland as “a shining example” and by the UK Committee on Climate Change who said we are “among the world leaders”.
The SNP have championed action on climate change. Scotland is a world leader on reducing carbon emissions – both in terms of our ambition and our record. In 2009 we set world leading targets to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050.
With four years to go to 2020 the latest independent statistics show that Scotland’s emissions have already reduced by 38.4% since 1990 and that Scotland is on track to exceed our 42% target several years early. We are outperforming the UK as a whole and are one of the leading countries in Western Europe in terms of reducing emissions.
That is great news and is thanks to a huge effort by communities, businesses, individuals and families as well as by the SNP Government.
The SNP have also led the way on climate justice, establishing Scotland’s Climate Justice Fund – the first of its kind in the world – and have spent £6 million to date to help poor communities in the sub-Saharan countries of Malawi and Zambia adapt to the impacts of climate change. If re-elected the SNP will continue to champion action on climate change and will increase our Climate Justice Fund to at least £3 million per year for the life of the Parliament.
Aileen McLeod, SNP Minister for the Environment