Scotland has made a commitment to making an ‘equitable contribution’ to the UK Governments commitment under Kyoto, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% against 1990 levels, by 2008-2012. To date Scotland has achieved a reduction of just 4.9% since 1990 (less than half the 12.8% average achieved by the UK as a whole) and is not on track to deliver our share of the UK commitment of a 20% reduction by 2010 or 60% by 2050, as recommended by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and referred to in the Energy Review. The urgency with which we take action to reduce climate change emissions should not be underestimated, for every year that we fail to address the challenge the scale of the resulting threat increases.

Parliamentary Briefing – Onshore Wind Farms and Climate Change