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Carbon Emissions (Reduction)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 9th November 2016.

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Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce carbon emissions. (S5O-00319)

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change, with ambitious statutory targets and strong progress to date. Our policies and measures include expanding renewable energy production, improvements in energy and resource efficiency, transition of transport to a lower carbon basis, expansion of renewable heat and sustainable land use.

In 2014, Scottish emissions were down by 45.8 per cent from baseline levels, meaning that we exceeded our world-leading statutory target—to reduce emissions by 42 per cent from baseline levels by 2020—six years early.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

A brief supplementary, please, Mr Arthur.

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

In the spirit of asking terse questions, what further measures and action can the Government take to reduce carbon emissions from transport?

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

As the member might expect, I suggest that one of the things that he could do would be to ask the Minister for Transport and the Islands directly about that issue.

I advise the member that the draft climate change plan is being drawn up and will have a number of transport-related measures in it. The draft will be presented to Parliament in January 2017. No doubt he will be looking forward to it with some interest.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Before we move on to the next item of business, I apologise to the two members whose questions were not taken. We are improving.