Scotland has published its draft climate change strategy, which has a headline target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2050 and achieving a 100% reduction “as soon as possible”. The strategy outlines plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds by 2030 as a milestone on the way to the ambitious 2050 goal, which has been hailed by the UK Committee on Climate Change as “at the limit of feasibility”. It additionally notes that Scotland will not use carbon offsetting to achieve its new aims, which are an increase on the current emissions target of 80% by 2050. Measures to reach the new target include reopening a specialised climate change fund for applications in the next two years and establishing an advisory panel. “Our 90% target will be tougher even than the 100% goal set by a handful of other countries, because our legislation will set more demanding, legally-binding, annual targets covering every sector of our economy,” environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said. “The fight against climate change is a moral responsibility but Scotland’s academic and engineering expertise, coupled with our outstanding natural resources, mean it is also an economic opportunity.” However, the fact that the strategy has not set a date for the net-zero goal has left several environmental groups unsatisfied. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland’s chair, Tom Ballantine, and Greens MSP Mark Ruskell both dubbed the 90% goal “hugely disappointing”, with Scottish Renewables’ chief executive, Claire Mack, also urging Scottish Parliament to set a date.
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