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.


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

The call for evidence closes on 10 February 2017.

The Committee will take evidence on the draft Climate Change Plan on 31 January, 7 February and 21 February. 


A joint call for evidence has been released by all four Committees scrutinising the draft Climate Change Plan, containing all the details about how to submit evidence and what we were looking for.

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

You can also read the call for evidence in a mobile-friendly format.

The call for evidence closes on 10 February. Responses for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee should be sent to EconomyJobsandFairWork@parliament.scot.