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The Scottish Government has abandoned its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030. Today, Net Zero minister Mairi McAllan informed the Scottish Parliament that the 2030 goal was unattainable. She emphasized Scotland’s commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2045.

In December 2022, Scotland outlined plans to have a 5GW low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 and 25GW by 2050. This decision follows criticism from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) in March 2024. The CCC stated that the government was not meeting its climate objectives.

McAllan acknowledged the CCC’s assessment that the 2030 interim target was unreachable. She stressed the need to plan a feasible, fair, and just path to 2045. McAllan introduced a new set of climate measures, including increasing EV charging points and considering a carbon land tax.

Furthermore, she pledged to ensure that Net Zero considerations permeate the government’s workforce, spending, and policy development. McAllan criticized the UK Government for imposing severe budget constraints, hindering Scotland’s ability to achieve its goals.

Scotland’s change in direction comes after the UK Government postponed the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2035. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cited the need for a more practical approach to achieving Net Zero.

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