Scotland urges EU to raise bar on emissions cuts

New report details how Scotland plans to reach ambitious emissions reductions targets

Scotland has urged Europe and the UK to follow its lead in beefing up emissions reductions targets, after a new report revealed the Scots are on track to deliver 42 per cent cuts against 1990 levels by 2020.

Scottish climate change minister Stewart Stevenson yesterday unveiled a draft report, setting out policies and proposals to help Scotland achieve its 2020 emissions goals through a range of renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures.

However, it noted that a key challenge to developing a successful low-carbon economy was convincing the European Union (EU) to raise its 2020 emissions reduction targets from 20 per cent to 30 per cent, and adjust its Emissions Trading Scheme accordingly.

Scotland is also calling on the UK to boost its emissions target in line with Scotland to 42 per cent.


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