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About Scottish Climate Change Act

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 was passed unanimously by members of the Scottish Parliament on 24 June 2009. The Bill received Royal Assent on 4 August 2009.

The Bill is to create a long-term framework that will: introduce a statutory target to reduce Scotland's gre­enhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 (equal to the 2050 target contained in the UK’s Climate Change Act), establish an interim target of at least 42 percent emissions reductions by 2020, with a power for this to be varied based on expert advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change; establish a framework of annual targets; and include emissions from international aviation and international shipping.