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Scotland plans to cut emissions by 90%

Carbon emissions

Scotland is to launch a public consultation on plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% by 2050.

The plans have been announced by climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham, who said the government will support the drive by setting up an expert advisory group to help draft the plan. She said it is also investing in research on blue carbon, which is carbon captured in oceans and coastal ecosystems, and reopening the Climate Challenge Fund for 2018-19 applications.

“Our proposals to reduce emissions by at least 90% by 2050 clearly indicates to the people of Scotland that we remain resolutely committed to the fight against climate change,” said Cunningham.

“Scotland has long punched above its weight on this issue. Moving towards new targets in our proposed Climate Change Bill will strengthen our position at the forefront of the global transition to a low carbon economy.

“As a country which has an international reputation as a climate change leader there is now a huge opportunity to reap the economic and social benefits of our efforts and for us to become a more sustainable economy. We are determined to seize this opportunity, and fulfil our moral obligations to future generations.”

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