The Climate Change Plan update


About the Inquiry

The Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), which is an update to the previous Climate Change Plan published in 2018, was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 16 December 2020.

Four parliamentary committees are scrutinising the effectiveness of the CCPu, examining the ambition of proposals and actions across all sectors. They are:

  • Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
  • Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
  • Local Government and Communities Committee
  • Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Each committee will look at the parts of the CCPu that relate to their remit.

The CCPu also includes an overview section that details the Scottish Government’s approach to ‘Green Recovery.’ A green recovery describes the policies and solutions designed to recover from the Covid-19 health crisis and build a resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. Green recovery crosses all remits and so each committee will explore the extent to which the CCPu effectively delivers a green recovery.

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee's scrutiny of the plan will focus on:

  • electricity generation
  • industry
  • reducing energy demand
  • renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat)
  • interconnection
  • grid issues
  • negative emissions technologies
  • green recovery as it relates to this Committee’s remit

Following evidence sessions in January and February 2021, the four committees involved will then report directly to the Parliament in March 2021.


The four committee launched a joint call for views on 16 December 2020. The deadline for responses was 12 January 2021

You can read the published responses here:

At its meeting on Tuesday 19 January 2021 the Committee took evidence from:

  • Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables;
  • Sam Peacock, Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy, SSE;
  • Charles Wood, Head of New Energy Services and Heat, Energy UK;
  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change;
  • Julian Leslie, Head of Networks and Chief Engineer, National Grid ESO;
  • Steven McMahon, Deputy Director, Electricity Distribution & Cross Sector Policy, Ofgem

At its meeting on Tuesday 2 February 2021 the Committee took evidence from:

  • Dr Diana Casey, Director, Energy and Climate Change, Mineral Products Association;
  • Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Director, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage;
  • Rich Woolley, Head of Energy and Climate Change, Chemical Industries Association;
  • Cat Hay, Head of Policy, Food and Drink Federation Scotland;
  • Richard Simon, Senior Consultant, Element Energy;
  • Clare Reid, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Council for Development and Industry.


The Committee wrote to INEOS on 21 January 2021.

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform ahead of the finalisation of the Climate Change Plan update. read the letter:

Work by other Committees

As noted above, 3 other Scottish Parliament committees will look at the plan. Find out more about what they will cover here.


On  4 March 2021 the Committee wrote to the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands with its response to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan update (CCPu),

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform ressponded on 24 March 2021.

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