Bring forward the date for Zero Greenhouse Gas emissions

The current target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions is insufficient and we need to massively increase our ambition, bringing forward the target date for zero emissions.

We passed the safe atmospheric concentration of CO2 of 350ppm in the late 1980's (1). In addition, as a rich nation in the global north, Scotland has been responsible for a significant proportion of the excess emissions beyond this point (2).

Scotland's current target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 was developed using a bottom up approach. So it has resulted in a proposed pathway which will see more than double Scotland's fair share of the remaining carbon budget (3) if we are to meet our Paris climate agreement obligations. These obligations are themselves already a failure for the global south and future generations.

Accordingly, the target date is insufficient and needs bringing forward.

(1) https://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1126
(2) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(20)30196-0/fulltext
(3) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2020.1728209

Why the contribution is important

If the target date for zero emissions is not considered then we will fail to meet our obligations under the Paris climate agreement, fail to meet our moral obligations to the poorer people in the world and fail to meet our moral obligations to future generations.

by Paul on October 13, 2020 at 09:40PM

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  • Posted by SThinks October 14, 2020 at 10:03

    I agree with this. Post Covid Scotgov need to throw money at things that will bring jobs, so let’s make a tough climate change target the driver that ensures we fund the right things; get people into the right jobs; and take pride in our progress as we get there
  • Posted by annec October 22, 2020 at 23:29

    2045 is too late.
  • Posted by Nestleaver1 October 25, 2020 at 21:39

    Tomorrow?
  • Posted by SimonClark October 26, 2020 at 14:09

    Scotlands 2045 net zero goal places it in line with the UK Governments Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommendations. Those were reached with the remit of a 2050 net zero pathway and continued economic growth. Scotland has the rare collective resources (tidal, wave, wind, solar, hydro) and the ingenuity to meet the real challenge of meeting the goals in the 2030's.
  • Posted by Paul October 26, 2020 at 14:53

    2025 would be a suitable target.
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