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.
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.
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.
The Convener, Gillian Martin, received correspondence from Stop Climate Chaos upon her appointment which included information on the Climate Change Bill:
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to Lord Deben, Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change on 24 October regarding the advice of the Committee
Following its meeting on 23 October 2018, the Committee wrote to the Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, seeking further information relating to the session
The Committee wrote to the Bill team regarding the Financial Memorandum to the Bill on 1 November 2018. Read the letter and the response:
The Convener wrote to the Minister for Climate Change in the New Zealand Government on its experience of legislating to combat the global threat of climate change and to collectively achieve the commitments made in Paris. Read the letter:
Following the meeting on 6 November 2018 the Director-General Health & Social Care and Chief Executive NHSScotland wrote to the Committee with follow up information:
Additional correspondence on the Bill
Scottish Environment LINK wrote to the Committee with additional information in February 2019. Read the letter:
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:
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre produced a summary of the responses.