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Committee on Climate Change



The UK Climate Change Act 2008 established an independent body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), to provide advice to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.

Part 2 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 contains provisions which allow the Scottish Ministers to establish a Scottish Committee on Climate Change or to designate an existing body to exercise advisory functions should it be decided that this is appropriate.

The source of advice to the Scottish Ministers may change over time so, rather than naming a specific organisation, the 2009 Act uses the terms "relevant body" and "advisory body" when referring to the source of advice. Unless and until a Scottish "advisory body" is designated by the Scottish Ministers under section 24 of the Act, the UK Committee on Climate Change will be the "relevant body" by virtue of section 5(7) of the Act and, will therefore be the statutory source of climate change advice to the Scottish Ministers.

Advice to the Scottish Ministers

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 contains provisions requiring that the Scottish Ministers seek advice prior to taking certain actions, such as bringing forward draft secondary legislation to set annual emissions reduction targets.

The following links provide access to the Scottish Government's requests for advice and the responses provided by the CCC:

Further information about the Committee on Climate Change, including all of its reports and advice to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, is available on the CCC website.