Scotland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

It’s pleasing to be able to report some good news for a change. It has take a while but for the first time since the Climate Change Scotland Act was brought into being Scotland has met and surpassed its annual reduction target in 2014. This is proof positive that in this wee country it can be done.

And there’s more; not only did Scotland hit its annual target but the 2020 target of a 42% reduction in emissions has also been smashed 6 years ahead of schedule. This now means that, according to the Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, the government can set “a new and more testing 2020 target”.

In announcing the new figures Ms Cunningham said “Scotland is making outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The reduction in residential emissions in 2014 may have been due to people turning down their heating. This underlines that small individual actions, if repeated on a large scale, can have a big impact in tackling climate change.”

“This is an especially important time for climate change, in light of the international agreement reached in Paris last December and it is great news that Scotland continues to show ambition and demonstrates the progress that can be made.

“We will continue to rise to the challenge and the first minister has already confirmed that the Scottish government plans to establish a new and more testing 2020 target. We are not complacent and we will continue to take action and encourage others to do their bit to tackle climate change.”

Perhaps other countries in the so called developed west will take heed and follow our lead.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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