The Scottish Government’s new climate change act, committing Scotland to become net zero by 2045, with interim targets of 75% by 2030 and 90% by 2040, received Royal Assent on 31st October.
The Act’s overall targets are ambitious, and the tone and focus of the Act is something that we at the ADE welcome. Confirmation of the EPC C target for homes and a requirement to bring forward policies on district heating for new developments are complemented by a clear focus on engaging citizens in the changes that are needed.
The Act has a focus on climate justice and makes links to other priorities such as public health and biodiversity, and requires the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change. We will continue to work with the Scottish Government, in particular on heat decarbonisation, as they translate these commitments into delivery.
Deputy Director, the Association for Decentralised Energy, Dr Joanne Wade OBE said:
The ADE are delighted to see that Scotland continues to lead the way, combining ambitious targets, action on energy efficiency and support for district heating with a focus on energy users through a citizens assembly and a commitment to climate justice.
See the press release from the Scottish Parliament by clicking here.