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A Greener Scotland

Scotland has a wealth of natural resources which we will continue to harness and use. By continuing to set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions we will protect our environment for future generations. We will encourage communities to be involved in the land they live in, and support community ownership.

A Greener Scotland

Scotland has a wealth of natural resources which we will continue to harness and use. We will encourage communities to be involved in the land they live in, and support community ownership. By continuing to set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions we will protect our environment for future generations.

We are proud of Scotland’s ambition on climate change. By acting locally we can help show the way globally. Scotland has exceeded the level of our 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent six years early. We will now introduce a new Climate Change Act with an ambitious new target of reducing emissions by more than 50 per cent by 2020.

Through the SNP Government’s innovative Climate Justice Fund, Scotland is helping some of the world’s poorest communities adapt to the challenges of climate change. We will increase the Climate Justice Fund to at least £3 million a year for the next five years.

As part of our Land Reform programme, we will end anonymous ownership of large tracts of Scotland’s land by introducing a mandatory, public register of controlling interests.

We will not allow fracking or underground coal gasification in Scotland unless it can be proved beyond any doubt that it will not harm our environment, communities or public health.

We will work to support the further growth of community and locally owned renewable energy projects, and ensure that by 2020, at least half of newly consented renewable energy projects will have an element of shared ownership.


Achievements

Renewable electricity output has more than doubled since 2007, with renewables now the largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland.

Our target to reduce energy consumption by 12 per cent by 2020 has already been exceeded – with a 13.3 per cent reduction between 2006 and 2013.

Scotland has exceeded our world-leading climate target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 per cent by 2020.

We are safeguarding our environment with a moratorium on underground coal gasification and fracking.

Household recycling is at its highest ever levels – with 43 per cent of household waste recycled in 2014.

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