Scotland misses its emissions target

03 July 2020

From SCCAN (Scottish Communities Climate Action Network) June newsletter

2018 greenhouse gas emission data released by the Scottish Government earlier this month shows that Scotland has missed its annual target for reducing emissions. Climate change emissions actually increased between 2017 and 2018 by 1.5%. If Scotland is going to meet the net-zero target by 2045, we need to see much stronger policy and financial commitment. As we recover from the pandemic, we have a future we want to bring into being and redefine the purpose of the economy. As has been well demonstrated by the Coronavirus crisis, communities can respond very rapidly, using their local knowledge and collective intelligence to rapidly innovate and put in place locally appropriate solutions to meeting local needs. Community-led action can play a similar role in facing up to the climate emergency.  But, this requires long-term funding and urgent follow through on the community empowerment agenda, including a radical rethink of local democracy.

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We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.