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S5W-23286: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its relationship will be with the Committee on Climate Change in devising and implementing policies and measures to address the climate emergency declared by the First Minister.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 May 2019

The form of the relationship between the Committee on Climate Change and the Scottish Government is determined by the Committee’s statutory role, under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, as independent advisers to the Government. This role includes the Committee providing regular advice to Government on setting emissions reduction targets and publishing annual reports on Scotland’s progress towards these targets.

Independent, expert advice from the Committee on Climate Change is an important element of the Scottish Government’s evidence-based response to the global climate emergency. We have embraced the Committee’s recent report on net-zero emissions, published 2 May, and acted immediately with amendments to our Climate Change Bill to set targets in line with the Committee’s recommendations.