Climate Change Plan Update

Closed 12 Jan 2021

Opened 16 Dec 2020

Overview

Four parliamentary committees are reviewing the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan (CCPu). They are:

  • Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
  • Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
  • Local Government and Communities Committee
  • Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Details of how to submit your views to the committees can be found below. The deadline for responses is 12 January 2021.

Background

The committees will be looking at the updated Climate Change plan, which was laid in the Parliament on 16 December 2020 to see how it contributes to meeting emissions reduction targets.  

Each committee will look at the parts of the CCPu that relate to their remit:

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee 

  • overview and ambition, development of updated Climate Change Plan
  • climate change governance (including monitoring and evaluation)
  • behaviour change
  • water
  • resource use
  • land use (including peatlands and land use by the public sector)
  • marine/blue carbon
  • waste and circular economy
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit
  • anything not covered by other committees

Click here to submit views to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 

  • electricity generation
  • industry
  • reducing energy demand
  • renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat)
  • interconnection
  • grid issues
  • negative emissions technologies
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit

Click here to submit views to the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

The Local Government and Communities Committee

  • planning
  • housing
  • buildings
  • fuel poverty
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit

Click here to submit views to the Local Government and Communities Committee

The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

  • rural affairs
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • transport
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit

Click here to submit views to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Following evidence sessions in January and February 2021, the four committees involved will then report directly to the Parliament in March 2021.

We want to hear your views

The four committees are interested in receiving views directly on the elements of the CCPu within their remit as part of this inquiry.

The CCPu also includes an overview section that details the Scottish Government’s approach to ‘Green Recovery.’ A green recovery describes the policies and solutions designed to recover from the Covid-19 health crisis and build a resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. 

Green recovery crosses all remits and so each committee will directly ask about the extent to which the CCPu effectively delivers a green recovery. If you have evidence about green recovery, please decide which committee is the best one to send it to. If your evidence does not fit any of these categories, then please send it to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, who have an oversight role for the CCPu.

The deadline for responses is 12 January 2021.
 

The Committees are particularly interested in the following questions as they relate to their specific remits —

    1. What is your assessment of the progress to date in cutting emissions within the sector/sectors of interest and the implementation of the proposals and policies set out in previous Climate Change Plans (RPP1-3)?
       
    2. Do you think the scale of reductions proposed within the sector(s) are appropriate and are the proposals and policies within the CCPu effective for meeting the annual emissions targets and contributing towards the 75% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 and net-zero by 2045 targets? 
       
    3. Do you think the timescales over which the proposals and policies are expected to take effect are appropriate?
       
    4. To what extent do you think the proposals and policies reflect considerations about behaviour change and opportunities to secure wider benefits (e.g. environmental, financial and health) from specific interventions in particular sectors?
       
    5. To what extent do you think the CCPu delivers a green recovery?

Interests

  • Environment