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.