Despite the lowered emissions, Scotland missed the legislated annual target of 53.4 MtCO2e by a miniscule 0.8 MtCO2e. The Committee suggests that either current targets should be revised or other ways to reduce emissions be found.
The report also found 2012 was a record year for adding renewable capacity to the power system, with 1 GW coming on to the system. Scotland will need a sustained investment at a rate of 1.2 GW per year for renewable generation is to be achieved. The findings are from the CCC’s third progress report to the Scottish government, as requested under 2009’s Climate Change Act.
According to CCC, “There is a need to leverage funding under Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and to make continued progress on insulation. There may also be a need for the Scottish Government to increase levels of funding.”
CCC chief executive David Kennedy adds: “There has been good progress in Scotland on reducing emissions in key sectors of the economy, notably through investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. This should not be obscured by the fact that emissions in 2011 were above the level targeted because of a change to the accounting methodology. But much remains to be done in terms of policy development and implementation to achieve very challenging future targets, and to unlock the benefits for Scotland of building a low-carbon economy.”