Scotland beats climate emissions reductions target six years early


Climate change campaigners march through Edinburgh city centre. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Scotland’s climate emissions have broken through a landmark reductions target six years early after a warm winter helped drive down energy use.

The country’s emissions had fallen by nearly 46% between 1990 and 2014, surpassing the government’s 2020 target of a 42% cut far earlier than expected.

Jim Densham, a spokesman for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said it was great news that the “symbolic” goal had been met early since it showed that greenhouse gases could be cut without harming living standards and the economy. But he said much of that fall was due to factors outside Scottish government control, including a much warmer winter than usual in 2014.

The Scottish climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said Scotland had exceeded the UK’s achievements, since total UK emissions had fallen by 33% since 1990.

“The reduction in residential emissions in 2014 may have been due to people turning down their heating. This underlines that small individual actions, if repeated on a large scale, can have a big impact in tackling climate change,” she added.

Source: The Guardian


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