The Scottish Government has laid regulations which retain the provisional target in its Climate Change Act to cut Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 compared to a 1990 baseline. This, it says, reflects the advice it received in February from the UK government's Committee on Climate Change. In contrast the UK Climate Change Act requires the UK to cut its emissions by at least 34% by 2020.
Four draft Scottish statutory instruments have been laid in Parliament for approval. They cover:
Ministers also published an accompanying statement explaining their reasons for setting the annual targets contained in the regulations and the extent to which those targets take account of the target-setting criteria.
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