Reaction: Scottish Government statement on Climate Change Commitee Progress Report

Claire Mack (Scottish Renewables)

Mairi McAllan, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy, today (April 18) delivered a statement to the Scottish Parliament in response to the Climate Change Commitee’s recently published Progress Report.

Responding Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: 

“Scotland was the first country in the world to commit to achieving net-zero carbon emissions in line with scientific evidence and the first country in the world to declare a climate emergency.

“This has helped establish Scotland as a globally recognised leader on climate action which is why the rollback on our landmark 2030 target and wider climate change legislation is extremely disappointing.

“At this crucial time, we need to signal confidence to investors and our supply chain that Scotland is the best place in the world to build the renewable energy projects which deliver energy security, economic growth and carbon reduction at scale.

“The Scottish Government must learn the lessons of these missed targets by urgently acting on the clear recommendations of the Climate Change Committee and delivering the strong policies needed to support delivery.

“This will be essential to ensuring carbon emissions are reduced at the rate required across every sector and to maintain investor confidence in Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

“We urge the Scottish Government to work collaboratively with industry and key stakeholders to deliver the coherent policy environment needed to realise Scotland’s full potential as a net-zero powerhouse.”

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