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.

We are proud of Scotland’s ambition on climate change. By acting locally we can help show the way globally.

Scotland is on track to meet our challenging target of a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. We will continue our co-ordinated approach from the centre of Government towards cutting carbon emissions through energy efficiency measures and encouraging active travel. Scotland’s focus on low carbon is also delivering jobs, regeneration and energy security.

We will continue to invest in domestic energy efficiency, to help reduce bills as well as carbon emissions, and we will designate energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.

Through the SNP Government’s innovative Climate Justice Fund, Scotland is championing the principle of climate justice, which strongly recognises the impacts of climate change on the world’s poor and on their human rights.

We aim for Scotland to be a world leader and a progressive voice on the global stage.

We are also taking forward plans for land reform to make sure we get the most from our land, rural and urban, now and for future generations. We want communities to have a say in how land in their area is used, and to tackle the causes and consequences of inequality.  


Renewable electricity output has more than doubled since 2007, with almost 60 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs met from renewable resources.

Our target to reduce energy consumption by 12 per cent by 2020 has already been exceeded – with a 15.2 per cent reduction between 2006 and 2014.

We continue to meet our world-leading climate change targets. We remain well on track to achieve a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

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

Household recycling is at its highest ever levels – with over 45 per cent of household waste recycled in 2016.

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