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Ministerial statement: Climate change targets

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham gave a statement on the Scottish Government's report on climate change targets on 16 March 2011.

The minister said the Scottish Government has a long way to go in "winning hearts and minds" in order to meet its carbon emissions targets.

Roseanna Cunningham said that plans had been set out to ensure it was possible for the Scottish Government to meet its annual targets for reductions in carbon emissions, however she said reaching those goals would not be easy.

Ms Cunningham said there was still work to be done in helping Scots understand the role they may have to play in helping meet the targets.

She said the publication of the Report on Proposals and Policies on Climate Change Targets marked the completion of the first period of "focused action" following the passage of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

The report sets out the Scottish Government's approach to meeting its annual climate change targets, and the timescales for doing so.

The Government is working towards emission reductions of 42% for 2020, and a long-term target of 80% for 2050.

The minister said "we do still have a long way to go in helping people to understand the role they may have to play voluntarily or as individuals or collectively in meeting our targets."

Labour's Sarah Boyack said she was concerned by a lack of sense of urgency to put policies into practice, particularly on transport.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie agreed, calling on Ms Cunningham to explain the "level of urgency on the transport side".

Conservative Jackson Carlaw said there was a "considerable" amount of work still to be done to get the public on side.

Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes warned the Government would need to "hit every single policy" in order to meet its targets.

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