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Low Carbon Scotland - Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022

On March 14, 2011 the Scottish Government published the report Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022. This fulfils the duty placed on Scottish Ministers by Section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, to lay before the Scottish Parliament a Report on Proposals and Policies setting out specific measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet Scotland's ambitious statutory targets. A Technical Appendix to the Report provides more detail about the analysis that underpins the figures used.

Low Carbon Scotland is structured around the key sectors of energy supply, homes and communities, business and the public sector, transport, rural land use and waste. For each of these sectors, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are identified, as are a number of proposals for further consideration. Taken together, these policies and proposals show that it is possible to meet the annual targets established by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 each year from 2010 to 2022.

Meeting the targets will require a range of actions throughout Scotland's economy and society - by central government, local government and the public sector, businesses, individuals and communities alike. Some of these actions will be strategic, such as new energy, agriculture or planning policy; others will be targeted, such as increasing the number of homes with insulation. Innovation will be essential in this.