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Scottish government climate plan
Scotland's finance secretary, John Swinney, has outlined the SNP administration's vision to tackle the issue of climate change.

Here are the main points of his announcement to the Scottish Parliament

  • The Scottish government will bring forward a Climate Change Bill to parliament, possibly not until late 2008.
  • It will set a mandatory long-term target to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, equivalent to cuts of 3% each year.
  • The government will consult for proposals in the bill for targets based on average annual reductions over a five-year period.
  • Future legislation should set out mandatory requirements for reporting to parliament on performance in achieving the targets.
  • The government will propose a statutory process of ministerial accountability and "compensating action" in the event of a failure to meet reduction targets, but it does not see "value" in penalty fines for such failings.
  • Independent expert advice will be called upon to help draw up policy.
  • Possible new, separate legislation to tackle flooding issues could be brought forward.
  • The government will help Scotland become Europe's green energy capital and help Scottish industry invest in "low-carbon" technology.
  • It will hold a full consultation on the bill and work to gain consensus with other political parties, while liaising with UK, Northern Ireland and Welsh ministers.
  • It said reducing Scotland's emissions by 80% will make "no difference" to the global environment unless similar reductions are realised in global emissions.

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