Draft Climate Change Plan

 

About the Inquiry

 The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides a statutory framework to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. Section 35 of the Act requires that the Scottish Government produces a report on proposals and policies (RPP) that sets out how they intend to meet climate change targets. The Act requires that a draft plan is laid in the Scottish Parliament for parliamentary consideration for 60 days.

The Parliament considered the first report on proposals and policies (RPP1) in 2010 and the second (RPP2) in 2013. The successor, the draft Climate Change Plan, was published January 2017.

Four Committees will be considering the different aspects of the draft Climate Change Plan.

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will focus on:

  • Overview, development of the Climate Change Plan;
  • Climate change governance (including monitoring and evaluation);
  • Water;
  • Resource use;
  • Land use (including peatlands and land use by the public sector); and
  • Behaviour change.

The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee will focus on:

  • Rural affairs;
  • Agriculture;
  •  Forestry; and
  • Transport.

The Local Government and Communities Committee will focus on:

  • Local government;
  • Planning; and
  • Housing.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee will focus on:

  • Electricity generation;
  • Reducing energy demand;
  • Renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat);
  • Interconnection;
  • Grid issues; and
  • Fuel poverty.

Timetable

The draft Climate Change Plan was published on 19 January 2017.

The call for evidence closed on 10 February 2017. The written submissions are available here.

The Committee took evidence on the draft Climate Change Plan at its meetings on 31 January, 7 February and 21 February. 

31 January 2017
Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Professor Sean Smith
Energy Saving Trust
Glasgow City Council
WWF-UK
Professor Keith Bell
Dr Mark Winskel
Community Energy Scotland.

 

7 February 2017
SSE
Scottish Renewables
Scottish Power Renewables
Professor Stuart Haszeldine
National Grid
Ofgem

 

21 February 2017
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
Mike King, Economic Adviser
Sue Kearns, Deputy Director, Energy Deployment Division
Kathie Robertson, Head of Heat, Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Investment Unit
Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

Evidence

A joint call for evidence was released by all four Committees scrutinising the draft Climate Change Plan, containing all the details about how to submit evidence and what was looked for.

Read Submissions to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee.

Work by other Committees

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Local Government and Communities Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee agreed to consider the draft climate change plan in collaboration with the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee.  Links to those Committees' consideration of the plan can be found below:

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Local Government and Communities Committee
Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Report

The Committee reported on 10 March 2017.

Report on the Draft Climate Change Plan