|“There should be no doubt that climate change is the greatest environmental threat we face, so we must act now, and act together, to tackle it.”
*The Rt. Hon Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, speaking at Holyrood magazine's 'Delivering on 2020' event, June 16th 2010.
In August 2009 The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The framework includes the commitment to both short and long-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting an interim 42 per cent reduction target for 2020(from a 1990 base) and an 80 per cent reduction target for 2050: targets which are arguably the most ambitious anywhere in the world.
Subsequent to this, in December 2009, a group of Scotland's most influential and respected figures from across business, public and voluntary sectors came together to consider how they could work together to help achieve Scotland’s targets and the transformational changes required in the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Plan.
|In recent years Scotland has received a huge amount of praise and support from across the globe. Figures including former US Vice President and renowned environmentalist Al Gore have acclaimed Scotland's ambition and stated that Scotland not only provides inspiring leadership, but is sensibly looking to utilise great natural resources. It is accepted that Scotland has unique opportunities with an incredible percentage of offshore wind resource, and the excitement of wind and tidal energy, although it's at an early stage. Scottish companies are leading the way in building turbines, and our engineering tradition inspires confidence in institutional investors.