The Draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3)

 

About the Inquiry

The Local Government and Communities Committee, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee have agreed to review the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3).

The Committees are interested in receiving views directly on the elements of the RPP3 within their remit as part of this inquiry.

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee is holding a call for evidence on RPP3.  The deadline for responses is Friday 10 February 2017.

The Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan was laid in the Parliament on 19 January 2017. Under the provisions of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 Parliament has a maximum of 60 days to report on the document. Four parliamentary Committees have identified an interest in scrutinising the draft report: The Local Government and Communities Committee, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committees. Each Committee will separately consider the elements of the Report within their remit and will report directly to Parliament.

The Local Government and Communities Committee will focus its scrutiny on:

  • Local Government;
  • Planning; and
  • Housing.

The other Committees are examining:

  • Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: overview, development of RPP3; climate change governance (including monitoring and evaluation); water; resource use; land use (including peatlands and land use by the public sector); and behaviour change.
  • Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee: electricity generation; reducing energy demand; renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat); interconnection; grid issues; and fuel poverty.
  • Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee: rural affairs; agriculture; forestry; and transport.

A link to the draft Climate Change Plan can be found at:

SPICe, the Parliament's information centre, have produced a briefing on the draft Climate Change Plan and Scotland's climate change targets. The briefing can be found at;

Timetable

The Local Government and Communities Committee is seeking views on the Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3). A link to the Committee's call for views can be found at:

The deadline for views is Friday 10 February 2017.

Timetable

  • Stakeholder evidence panel 1 (Local Government, Planning and Communities): 1 February 2017;
  • Stakeholder evidence panel 2 (Housing): 8 February 2017;
  • Evidence from the Minister for Local Government and Housing: 22 February 2017;
  • Consider and agree draft report: 1 March and 8 March 2017;
  • Chamber debates: 15 March.

Evidence

The key questions to be addressed by each of the Committees within their respective remits are:

  • progress to date in cutting emissions within the sector/sectors of interest and implementing the proposals and policies set out in the RPP2;
  • the scale of reductions proposed within their sector/s and appropriateness and effectiveness of the proposals and policies within the draft RPP3 for meeting the annual emissions targets and contributing towards the 2020 and 2050 targets;
  • the appropriateness of the timescales over which the proposals and policies within the draft RPP3 are expected to take effect;
  • the extent to which the proposals and policies reflect considerations about behaviour change and opportunities to secure wider benefits (e.g environmental, financial and health) from specific interventions in particular sectors.

Written Submissions

The Committee's call for views closed on Friday 10 February 2017. The written submissions received can be found at the link below:

Read the written submissions received.

Oral Evidence

Prior to the publication of RPP3, the Committee held a one-off roundtable session on 28 September 2016 with stakeholders looking at the progress that had been made with RPP2. The following attended the session:

  • Cllr Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson for Community Well-being, and Silke Isbrand, Policy Manager - Communities, COSLA;
  • Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland;
  • Chris Wood-Gee, Steering Group Vice Chairperson, Sustainable Scotland Network;
  • Fabrice Leveque, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland;
  • Mike Thornton, Director, Scotland, Energy Saving Trust.

Link to Papers for meeting on 28 September 2016
Link to Official Report of meeting on 28 September 2016

The Committee will take evidence from stakeholders on 1 February and 8 February 2017 and from the Minister for Local Government and Housing on 22 February 2017.

Wednesday 1 February 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Chris Wood-Gee, Steering Group Chair, Sustainable Scotland Network;
  • Philip Revell, Projects Co-ordinator, Sustaining Dunbar;
  • Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland.

Link to Papers for meeting on 1 February 2017
Link to Official Report of meeting on 1 February 2017

Wednesday 8 February 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Michael Barton-Maynard, Policy Manager, Homes for Scotland;
  • Fabrice Leveque, Existing Homes Alliance;
  • David Stewart, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; 
  • Liz Marquis, Director, Energy Agency.

Link to Papers for meeting on 8 February 2017
Supplementary Written Submission from Homes for Scotland (234KB pdf)
Link to Official Report of meeting on 8 February 2017

Wednesday 22 February 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Stephen Garland, Head, Sustainable Housing Unit, Better Homes Division, and Gareth Fenney, Policy Manager, Sustainable Housing Unit, Better Homes Division, Scottish Government.

Link to Papers for meeting on 22 February 2017
Supplementary Written Submission from the Scottish Government (238KB pdf)
Link to Official Report of meeting on 22 February 2017

Correspondence

Following the publication of the Committee's report, COSLA wrote to the Convener on 14 March 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener on 6 April 2017 to inform the Committee that the Scottish Government will be launching a consultation on energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing on 7 April 2017:

Work by other Committees

Report

The Committee published its report on 10 March 2017:

Debate

Chamber Debate

A debate in the Chamber was held on Thursday 15 March 2017. A link to the Official Report of the debate can be found at:

Link to Official Report of Chamber Debate on 15 March 2017