About the Inquiry
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides a statutory framework to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. Section 35 of the Act requires that the Scottish Government produces a report on proposals and policies (RPP) that sets out how they intend to meet climate change targets. The Act requires that a draft plan is laid in the Scottish Parliament for parliamentary consideration for 60 days.
The Parliament considered the first report on proposals and policies (RPP1) in 2010 and the second (RPP2) in 2013. The successor, the draft Climate Change Plan, was published January 2017.
Four Committees considered the different aspects of the draft Climate Change Plan.
The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee focused on:
- Overview, development of the Climate Change Plan;
- Climate change governance (including monitoring and evaluation);
- Resource use;
- Land use (including peatlands and land use by the public sector); and
- Behaviour change.
The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee focused on:
- Rural affairs;
- Forestry; and
The Local Government and Communities Committee focused on:
- Local government;
- Planning; and
The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee focused on:
- Electricity generation;
- Reducing energy demand;
- Renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat);
- Grid issues; and
- Fuel poverty.
The draft Climate Change Plan was published on 19 January 2017.
The call for evidence closed on 10 February 2017. The written submissions are available here.
The Committee took evidence on the draft Climate Change Plan at its meetings on 31 January 2017, 7 February 2017 and 21 February 2017.
31 January 2017
Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Professor Sean Smith
Energy Saving Trust
Glasgow City Council
Professor Keith Bell
Dr Mark Winskel
Community Energy Scotland.
7 February 2017
Scottish Power Renewables
Professor Stuart Haszeldine
21 February 2017
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
Mike King, Economic Adviser
Sue Kearns, Deputy Director, Energy Deployment Division
Kathie Robertson, Head of Heat, Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Investment Unit
Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government
A joint call for evidence was released by all four Committees scrutinising the draft Climate Change Plan, containing all the details about how to submit evidence and what was looked for.
Read Submissions to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee.
On 21 August 2017 the Director of Energy and Climate Change informed the Committee of the Government’s intention to publish the final Climate Change Plan in early 2018.
On 27 March 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Committee announcing the final version of the Climate Change Plan and responded to the recommendations in the Committee's report.
On 19 December 2019, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) wrote to the Committee with an update on the recent developments on climate change and the work of the Committee. The Convener replied on 16 January 2020 regarding scrutiny of the updated Climate Change Plan. ECCLR replied on 14 February 2020.
Work by other Committees
The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Local Government and Communities Committee and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee agreed to consider the draft climate change plan in collaboration with the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee. Links to those Committees' consideration of the plan can be found below:
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Local Government and Communities Committee
Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee
The Committee reported on 10 March 2017.
Report on the Draft Climate Change Plan