Climate Change Plan


About the Inquiry

The Climate Change Plan (CCP) which is an update to the previous Climate Change Plan published in 2018, was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 16 December 2020.  

Four parliamentary committees are scrutinising the effectiveness of the CCP, examining the ambition of proposals and actions across all sectors. They are:  

Each committee will look at the parts of the CCP that relate to their remit.

The CCP also includes an overview section that details the Scottish Government’s approach to ‘Green Recovery.’ A green recovery describes the policies and solutions designed to recover from the Covid-19 health crisis and build a resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. Green recovery crosses all remits and so each committee will explore the extent to which the CCP effectively delivers a green recovery. 

The Local Government and Communities Committee 

  • planning
  • housing
  • buildings
  • fuel poverty
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit  

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

  • Overview and ambition, development of updated Climate Change Plan
  • climate change governance (including monitoring and evaluation)
  • behaviour change
  • water
  • resource use
  • land use (including peatlands and land use by the public sector)
  • marine/blue carbon
  • waste and circular economy
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit
  • anything not covered by other committees 

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

  • electricity generation
  • industry
  • reducing energy demand
  • renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat)
  • interconnection
  • grid issues
  • negative emissions technologies
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit    

 The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

  • rural affairs
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • transport
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit  

Following evidence sessions in January and February 2021, the four committees involved will then report directly to the Parliament in March 2021.


The four committee launched a joint call for views on 16 December 2020. The deadline for responses is 12 January 2021. Please follow the below link to the overview page to submit evidence:

Read the call for evidence

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee using Citizen Space. This tells you about how we process your personal data. 

Wednesday 27 January

evidence session

Link to: papers


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