Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 23 May 2018 to the Scottish Parliament and referred to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on 29 May 2018.

On this page, you will find details of the Committee's consideration of the Bill.

Stage 1

The Bill increases the levels of Scotland’s targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 80% by 2050 to 90%. It also provides for the possibility of creating a target of 100% (known as a net zero target) in the future and proposes new interim targets ahead of 2050. It also updates accounting and reporting mechanisms on the targets. 

On 29 May, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee was designated as the lead Committee for consideration of the Bill. 

It will host a call for views on the content of the Bill from 27 June 2018 to 23 August 2018   

The Committee is also keen to hear ideas and views on what actions and behaviour change will be required of individuals and organisations if Scotland is to meet more ambitious climate change targets. Tweet us (@SP_ECCLR) using the hashtag #myclimatechanges to tell us what you’ll do.


The Committee heard from the Scottish Government Bill Team on 19 June 2018.

Date Event
19 June 2018 Evidence session: Bill Team
Official Report of Meeting – 19 June 2018
27 June 2018 Launch of call for evidence
23 August 2018 Close of call for evidence
23 October 2018 Evidence Session: Advice of the Committee on Climate Change
30 October 2018 Evidence Session: International Context
6 November 2018 Evidence Session: Behaviour Change and Governance
13 November 2018 Evidence Session: Provisions of the Bill and Sector Specific Evidence
20 November 2018 Evidence Session: Innovation
27 November 2018 Evidence Session: Cabinet Secretary
18 December 2018 Draft report consideration
January 2018 Finalise and publish Stage 1 Report

Scottish Government Briefings

The Scottish Government has provided the Committee with the following briefings throughout the passage of the Bill:


On 29 May 2018, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government Bill Team in advance of its session on 19 June seeking further clarification on aspects of the Bill.

Written submissions received from Just Transition Partnership and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland ahead of meeting on 19 June 2018. 

The Committee wrote to Scottish Government Officials 26 June 2018 seeking further information following the meeting on 19 June 2018, where they gave evidence on the Climate Change Bill. 

Local Authority Energy Efficiency Discount Schemes

The Committee wrote to all 32 local authorities regarding the Climate Change Act 2009 and the use of Energy Efficiency Discount Schemes. Copy of the letter is here.

Responses have been received from:


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