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S5W-23284: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government (a) when and (b) how it proposes to report to the Parliament on its expectations for actions, the performance achieved on any actions and by whom such actions should be taken to address the climate emergency declared by the First Minister.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 May 2019

The Climate Change Bill proposes that statutory sector by sector monitoring reports are laid before the Scottish Parliament on an annual basis. These reports will provide an assessment of progress on implementing the policies within the Climate Change Plan.

We are now looking across our whole range of responsibilities to make sure we continue with the policies that are working and increase action where necessary. Over the summer we will engage the public, communities, businesses, industry, and the public sector in a discussion about what more can be done.

There is a global climate emergency, and we are acting accordingly. Our current Climate Change Plan, which was published in February 2018, sets out on the ground delivery measures being taken to reduce emissions for each sector of Scotland’s economy for every year to 2032 and we have committed to updating the Plan within 6 months of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.