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Scottish Labour pledges zero net emissions by 2050

SCOTTISH LABOUR would cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, it pledges today after branding Scottish government targets “too timid.”

Its long-term climate change strategy goes further than the SNP’s Climate Change Bill, which aims to cut emissions by at least 90 per cent by 2050, 10 per cent more than current legislation.

Scottish Labour’s plans match the government’s first interim target of a 56 per cent reduction by 2020 but set a more ambitious interim goal for 2030 of 77 per cent.

Claudia Beamish, Scottish Labour’s climate change spokeswoman, said the Bill was “far too timid,” adding: “It is our duty to step up for global climate justice and Scottish Labour’s climate policy addresses these obligations while giving Scotland time to adapt in a just way for the workforce and communities.”

The MSP also said action must be taken now in the interests of “inter-generational justice” to avoid passing the burden on emission reduction to the next generation.

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