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A strong Climate Change Bill for Scotland

Posted by Lisa Stewart Campaigns and Communications Manager, Oxfam Scotland

5th Jul 2017

Take action today - have your say on Scotland's Climate Change Act

Climate change is already affecting people and nature, here in Scotland and around the world.

Tackling climate change is a vital part of Oxfam's work, because it threatens to reverse many of the advances made in tackling poverty over previous decades. We help people to understand and adapt to the changes they're facing, and to reduce risks from hazards.

In Scotland, we have the chance right now to play our part in tackling this global challenge. Taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland can also create new jobs, improve public health and reduce poverty, creating a better future for all of us.

The Scottish Government wants to know your views on a new Climate Change Act. We can play our part to tackle climate change, and create jobs, improve health and reduce poverty in the process.

As part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, Oxfam wants Scotland's new Climate Change Act to:

1) Set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050  at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030

2) Ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with our climate targets :

  • The annual Scottish Budget must allocate funding in a way that is consistent with delivering the required greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets

3) Commit to actions that cut emissions and deliver a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland:

  • Cut emissions from our homes: Ensure that all homes have at least Energy Performance Rating 'C' by 2025

  • Heating our homes and buildings is responsible for 50% of our climate emissions. Bringing all homes up to EPC 'C' by 2025 would not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but would help tackle fuel poverty and create jobs all across Scotland.

  • Cleaner transport: phase out the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030

  • Our emissions from transport have hardly gone down since 1990. Phasing out fossil fuel vehicles would reduce emissions, clean up air pollution and improve the nation's health.

  • Greener farming: Set a nitrogen budget for Scotland by 2020 Farming is responsible for almost a quarter of Scotland's climate pollution, and lots of this comes from the manufacture and use of nitrogen-based fertilisers - a national nitrogen budget would help to promote more efficient use of fertilisers and a switch to alternatives, such as composts made from recycled food waste.

We've made it easy for you to take part in the consultation - simply fill in a short form and we'll do the rest. 

Click here to demand a strong Climate Change Act for Scotland - and play your part in tackling climate change.


Blog post written by Lisa Stewart

Campaigns and Communications Manager, Oxfam Scotland

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