‘No longer credible’: Scottish government abandons climate goal

By Abby Wallace, Andrew McDonald | 04/19/2024 06:19 AM EDT

Net-Zero Secretary Màiri McAllan said that her government “accepts” that reductions targets for 2030 are now unobtainable.

LONDON — The Scottish government will ditch a key climate target, ministers in Edinburgh confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Net-Zero Cabinet Secretary Màiri McAllan told the Scottish Parliament that the government will scrap plans to reduce carbon emissions in Scotland by 75 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

The move is a significant climb-down from a government which was one of the first in the world to declare a climate emergency. It comes on the back of a damning report last month from the government’s independent climate advises — the Climate Change Committee (CCC) — which warned that the region’s 2030 target was “no longer credible.”


McAllan said: “In this challenging context of cuts and U.K. backtracking [on green policies], we accept the CCC’s recent rearticulation that this parliament’s interim 2030 target is out of reach.”