18 Sep 2009 09:09:07
World first budget carbon assessment in Scotland
Scotland has achieved an environmental milestone by assessing the carbon footprint of its budget.
This world first initiative is part of the country's commitment to the Climate Change Act.
The government has explained that the carbon assessment is only a start in the nation's efforts to assess the consequences to the environment of spending plans.
Shirley-Anne Somerville, a Scottish National Party member of Scottish parliament, said that this scheme places the country at the forefront of worldwide attempts to combat climate change.
She commented: "Significantly this carbon assessment measures both carbon emissions generated in Scotland but also those coming from imports.
"Alongside the budget investment in renewable energy to support the development of the North Sea Grid, the use of micro-regeneration and the development of new renewable technology, this is a budget that demonstrates the Scottish government's commitment to meet Scotland's climate change challenge."
Scotland is targeting an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.http://www.snp.org/node/15664