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Scotland passes world-beating climate act

Carbon: consider it cutThe Scottish parliament has passed a Climate Change Act that commits Scotland to the world's most ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets.

It's great news for Christian Aid campaigners in Scotland who called for robust legislation.

Tough targets 

On 24 June, MSPs at Holyrood agreed to cut the nation's carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 - a far more ambitious target than the 34% goal set in the UK Act last year

The Scottish legislation, which aims for an 80% reduction by 2050, also includes the full effect of aviation and shipping emissions right from the outset.   

Una Bartley, Christian Aid’s policy and parliamentary officer, said: ‘MSPs from all parties listened to the thousands of Scots, including many Christian Aid supporters, who campaigned for a strong climate change bill.

‘By committing Scotland to reduce its emissions by 42% by 2020, the bill can be held up as a positive example to the rest of the world.

‘The passing of the bill - coming ahead of climate talks in Copenhagen in December - is very timely, sending a signal to developing countries of what can be achieved in industrialised countries with the right political will.’

Thank you to all our Scottish supporters who lobbied their MSPs for a stronger Scottish Climate Change Act.     

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