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The Scottish Government’s consultation on a new Climate Change Bill is open until 22nd September. The aim of the Bill is to set more ambitious targets following the 2015 Paris Agreement. It proposes to increase Scotland’s emissions reduction target from 80% to 90% in 2050.

 

Take action for a stronger Climate Act

Together with other members of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), we are campaigning for a stronger Bill that squarely faces up to the climate crisis and our global responsibilities: A Bill that sets robust targets in line with what is ecologically necessary, ensures that future Government spending is consistent with our climate goals and focuses on policies that will cut emissions rapidly and across the board. We want to see zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and a reduction of at least 80% by 2030. Instead of a linear, gradual approach to emission reductions, we need to put the focus of climate action on the next 5-10 years – in this blog we explain why.

We encourage all our members and supporters to take part in the e-action run by SCCS and ask the first minister to use this opportunity to stand up to climate change, and create a better future for people and nature in Scotland and around the world. Whether you do the e-action or submit an individual response, thousands of consultation responses will show the Scottish Government that we expect more leadership on climate change – and that there’s no time to waste.

We’ve created a template letter listing our key asks on food and farming that we hope you’ll find useful – please adapt it to reflect you personal views and experiences: Climate Bill E-action: Template Letter

You can also find our full consultation response here.

Take part in the e-action here or respond to the full consultation here. If you want to tweet about the action, please use the hashtag #oorfuture. 

 

Time to tackle food & farming

At Nourish we think it’s about time to consider how our food and farming can contribute to emissions reductions, and start adapting to climate change. For the new Climate Act, we’re asking for:

  • A Scottish nitrogen budget by 2020

Farming is responsible for almost a quarter of Scotland’s climate pollution, and lots of this comes from the manufacture and use of nitrogen-based fertilisers – a national nitrogen budget would help to promote more efficient use of fertilisers and a switch to alternatives, such as composts made from recycled food waste. This ask is one of the headline asks of the SCCS.

We prepared this briefing to explain the nitrogen issue and how a nitrogen budget would help us tackle this considerable pollution.

You can download the SCCS briefing paper written by RSPB here: Climate Bill – Nitrogen Budget

  • Organic targets for Scotland: 5% by 2020, & 20% by 2030

We want the Scottish Government to set an ambitious target for the percentage of Region 1 agricultural land in Scotland under organic management: 5% by 2020, & 20% by 2030. These area-based targets must be matched by commensurate investments in supply chains, including public procurement, and marketing of Scottish organic produce.

You can read our blog here or download our SCCS briefing paper here: Climate Bill – Scottish Organic Target

  • Strong targets and support for agroforestry in Scotland

Agroforestry has the potential to sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soils. We want the Scottish Government to set an ambitious target to establish agroforestry on at least 5% of our agricultural land area by 2030. We also want the Bill to include measures to support farmers to adopt agroforestry measures as well as investment in research and development.

 You can read our blog here.

  • Annual reporting on consumption emissions and reduction targets

Our carbon footprint has increased over the past two decades, as growth in imported emissions has more than offset reductions in production emissions. The impacts of the consumption of food in the UK amounts to an estimated 30% of total consumption-related emissions. To reduce the true climate impact of our food system, it’s imperative that we focus on supporting low-carbon diets and local, sustainable food production. The new Climate Bill should require Ministers to measure and report annually not only on Scotland’s production emissions but also its consumption-based emissions. There should also be targets in the Bill for reducing consumption emissions, and strategic actions to meet these targets should be incorporated into the policy making process.

You can download our SCCS briefing paper here: Climate Bill – Consumption Emissions

 

If you have any questions or thoughts about this campaign, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Celia for general or nitrogen-related queries and Olga for general or organic target-related queries.

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