Environmental Minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced the formation of a new Cabinet Sub-Committee on Climate Change to ensure that Scotland stays on track to meet its ambitious goals.
The newly formed Cabinet Sub Committee on Climate Change has overall responsibility for ensuring that Scotland meets the world-leading climate change targets set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Mr Wheelhouse highlighted in the announcement that Scotland is the UK leaders for reduction rates for carbon emissions compared to that of Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The aim of the sub-committee is to ensure the coordination and strategic response from higher up in the Government. They will also aid and complement the newly formed Public Sector Climate Leaders’ Forum and Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Board. The committee membership includes the Deputy First Minister, two other Cabinet Secretaries and a range of Government Ministers highlighting the Sub Committees importance for a full board wide approach to tackling the global issue. The announcement is part of a package of measures, including action on cycling infrastructure, energy efficiency measures, transport planning, electric vehicles and district heating, which are being taken forward to ensure Scotland remains on track on tackling climate change. Comments from Mr Wheelhouse can be found in the link provided: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-Cabinet-Committee-to-keep-Climate-Targets-on-track-d71.aspx