Climate Change


Climate Change

The following page sets out the Committee's recent activity on climate change issues.

Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland Bill)

The Committee reported on the Bill at Stage 1 and Stage 2. Read the reports:

Climate Change Plan (CCP)

The Committee reported on the Climate Change Plan (CCP) on 10 March 2017. Read the report:

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, on 1 April 2020 setting out arrangements for updating the Climate Change Plan in light of the COVID-19 emergency. This correspondence notes that the intended laying date for the CCP update (30 April 2020) is ‘no longer a practical option for a number of reasons, not least of which are the shock to the economy and the need to focus resources on immediate responses to the emergency.’

The ECCLR Committee recognises the unprecedented situation created by the COVID-19 emergency and therefore the need to review the CCP approach as a result.

The Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary to welcome the opportunity to liaise with her on both the substance and the options for alternative timing arrangements when appropriate. Read the letters:

Following the Committee's meeting with the Cabinet Secretary on 29 April 2020, the Committee wrote to the following Committees with an update on the Climate Change Plan:

The Scottish Government has committed to producing an updated CCP by the end of April 2020. Read the correspondence:

The Committee will be considering its approach to scrutiny of the CCP.

Climate Change Adaptation

The Committee heard from the Committee on Climate Change on the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP) on 5 November 2019. Find out more in the following link: Official Report, 5 November 2019.

Climate change and the Scottish Parliament

The Committee has written to the Presiding Officer, SPCB, Chief Executive, Conveners Group and subject committees on climate change and the Scottish Parliament. Read the letters and the responses:

Read the responses:

Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its progress report to Parliament at the end of 2019. Read the report and the response from the Cabinet Secretary:

The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee with regards to the proposals to establish a Scotland office of the UK Committee on Climate Change. Read the letter:

Previous climate change work

For information about the Committee's previous work on climate change issues and for previous correspondence, please see following link: previous work.

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