Join us at 3ppp’s leading fourth annual Low Carbon Scotland conference.
Low Carbon Scotland 2017 Driving the transition to a zero carbon economy is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference with some world leading technologies & innovations of best practice to be showcased to our delegation.
The Scottish Government published “Low Carbon Scotland, Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-27″, the policy is a draft of the second report on proposals and policies (RPP2)
Scotland had set world leading climate change targets. With a target of 42% by 2020, Scotland are ahead of the UK at 34% and well ahead of the EU at 20%”.
In June 2016 Scotland has exceeded its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% - six years early.
New statistics show its 2014 emission levels were 45.8% lower than in 1990.
The Scottish government had set a target to reduce emissions by at least 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the "outstanding progress" and confirmed that the government would now set a "new and more testing 2020 target".
Figures published on the Scottish government's website also revealed that Scotland met its annual climate change targets for the first time since 2010.
The government said the statistics showed that Scotland had outperformed the rest of the UK as a whole.
There was a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014, compared to the UK's 33% reduction over the same period.
Individual action is important but the Scottish government needs to lead with the big policies for major emission reductions.
The Scottish Greens' climate change spokesman Mark Ruskell said the figures show things are "moving in the right direction".
But he added: "Transport remains the Scottish government's weak spot, with road traffic back to where it was in 2007 and the hugely-polluting aviation sector doubling its impact.
"If we're to stretch our climate targets further, ministers are going to have to transform their policies and budgets, and the Scottish Greens stand ready to help them make those changes."
Claudia Beamish, of Scottish Labour, said it was "no time to be resting on laurels", despite the welcome news.
She urged the government to target a 56% reduction in emissions by 2020 and to aspire to generate 50% of "our heat and transport demand" from renewables by 2030.
In March 2016, the UN climate change secretary Christiana Figueres, praised Scotland's progress on climate change as “exemplary”. She was impressed by the pace of change, and described the reduction in emissions since 1990 as "quite impressive".
Good progress has been made, but Scottish Government does not shy away from the fact that this will be a challenge and they cannot do it alone.
"Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities.
RPP3 is planned to lay a draft setting out proposals and policies for meeting targets to 2032 in Parliament towards the end of 2016. RPP3 will also set out proposals and policies to compensate in future years for the excess emissions from previous annual targets.
The draft RPP3 will be published after the next batch of annual targets, covering the period for 2028 to 2032, are set in legislation no later than 31 October 2016. Advice on the next set of greenhouse gas annual targets is expected from the Committee on Climate Change in March 2016, these targets and suggestions will be addressed at this years conference and our 2017 conference will study the RPP3 in greater detail, once published.
Low Carbon Scotland 2017 Driving the transition to a zero carbon economy will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.