The Climate Change Plan update


About the Inquiry

The Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), 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 CCPu, examining the ambition of proposals and actions across all sectors. They are:

  • Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
  • Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
  • Local Government and Communities Committee
  • Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

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

The CCPu 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 CCPu effectively delivers a green recovery.

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee's scrutiny of the plan will focus on:

  • 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

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 was 12 January 2021

You can read the published responses here:


The Committee wrote to INEOS on 21 January 2021.

Work by other Committees

As noted above, 3 other Scottish Parliament committees will look at the plan. Find out more about what they will cover here.

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