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Holding the Scottish Government to its climate pledges

Good Law Project and the Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland are challenging the Scottish Government over its failure to uphold its commitments over the climate crisis.

The Government has pledged to reduce emissions to net zero by 2045, declaring that Scotland’s contribution to global heating will “end, definitively, within one generation”.

But more than two years since the Government published its £26bn Infrastructure Investment Plan, it still hasn’t published an assessment of the plan’s climate impact. This flies in the face of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which requires the Government to show how investments are in line with emissions targets.

We believe this represents a breach of the government’s own climate commitments, so we wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition, Màiri McAllan MSP, saying we will take legal action if this breach of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act is not urgently addressed.

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