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Scottish Borders Council

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…, and activity since March 2020. 3 RECOMMENDATIONS 3.1 It is recommended that Council: (a) Recognises and declares a Climate Emergency; and (b) Agrees: i. as soon as possible, to set a target for achieving a reduction in the Council’s carbon emissions, which is at least consistent with the Scottish Government’s target of net zero by 2045 and the intermediate targets set out in the Climate Change…

… Borders Council – 25 September 2020 4 THE GLOBAL AND NATIONAL CONTEXT 4.1 On 8 October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning that the world must halve CO2 emissions by 2030 if we are to avoid global temperature rises of more than 1.5C. The Net Zero report by the UK Committee on Climate Change advised that Scotland could achieve net-zero emissions…

… climate change adaptation programme, and in a way that it considers is most sustainable’. 4.5 The 2019 Act builds on the 2009 Act by setting a legally-binding “net-zero” target of all greenhouse gases by 2045 (five years before the UK, as per the recommendation of the UK Committee on Climate Change), with interim targets for reductions of at least 56% by 2020, 75% by 2030, 90% by 2040. 4.6…

… in light of the new targets, albeit that the original timeframe of within six months of the Climate Change Act receiving Royal Assent has been delayed by COVID-19. 4.7 The Climate Change Act also puts into law the requirements for the transition to a net-zero economy to be “just”. Last year the Scottish Government established a Just Transition Commission to advise on a how to achieve a net-zero

… economy in a way that is fair for all by following the internationally recognised principles that requires all actors to:…


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