Title: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019

Language: English

Type: Document

Nature: Laws and Regulations

Published: April 6, 2021


Region: Europe and Central Asia

Country: United Kingdom

Keywords: Climate Smart

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The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 sets targets to reduce Scotland’s emissions of all greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2045, with interim targets for reductions of at least 56% by 2020, 75% by 2030, and 90% by 2040. Furthermore, this Act also requires Scottish Ministers to, when publishing an infrastructure investment plan, publish an assessment of the extent to which investment in accordance with the plan is expected to contribute to the meeting of the emissions reduction targets. The Act amends the existing Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which imposes duties on public bodies relating to climate change. In exercising its duties, a public body must act:

  • in the best way calculated to contribute to the delivery of the emission reduction targets;
  • in the best way calculated to help deliver any program for adapting to the impacts of climate change; and
  • in a way that it considers most sustainable.


Updated: April 7, 2021