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Minister for Environment, Climate Changeand Land Reform

Aileen McLeod MSP

T: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish
Government

E: scottish.ministers@gov.scot

Riaghaltas na h-Alba

Alistair Dutton
Chief Executive
SCIAF
LEGACY 2014
XlI: COMMONWEALTH

GAMES

SCOIlANO

04 November 2015
Dear Alistair

I am writing in response to SCIAF's climate campaign 'Please hear the Pope's call'. I would
be grateful if SCIAF can publish this letter on its website, which provides a response to the
issues raised from the Scottish Government.
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Firstly, I would like to thank SCIAF for helping to raise awareness of climate change during
this milestone year. I would also like to thank all the members of the public who have taken
the time to write to myself, my fellow Ministers, and my fellow MSPs asking how we are
working with colleagues in Parliament to ensure Scotland meets its world leading emissions
reductions targets set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
While Scotland's targets are challenging, with much still to do, I am pleased to say we are
making good progress overall. We are on track to meet our 42% in emissions reduction
target ahead of schedule having reduced emissions by 38.4 per cent 2013 compared to
1990 levels. That's a fantastic achievement, made possible from action that is being taken
right across Scotland.
To help deliver against our targets, we have put in place a comprehensive package of
policies and measures (the second Report on Proposals and Policies) to meet our emission
reduction targets which includes expanding renewable energy production, improvements in
energy and resource efficiency, transition of transport to a lower carbon basis, expansion of
renewable heat, and sustainable land use. I also announced in June a comprehensive new
package of measures covering transport, environment and energy - including designating
energy efficiency of Scotland's buildings a National Infrastructure priority.
Scottish Ministers have long recognised the moral case for taking action on climate change
Ahead of COP21 in Paris, Pope Francis's encylical on the environment further underscores
the importance of this message.
Through the Scottish National Action Plan on Human Hights, we are committed to
championing climate justice - both at home and abroad. We have demonstrated this
commitment clearly, being the first national government to establish a dedicated Climate
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Justice Fund, which has allowed us to support 11 projects in four sub-Saharan African
countries (Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia). We have also provided 3.8m from our
International Development Fund since 2012 for community energy projects in Malawi to
support our participation in the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative. This
commitment to supporting developing countries has been lauded by key international figures
such as Christiana Figueres, the Head of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Further signalling our on-going commitment to taking action on climate change, the First
Minister signed the 'Climate Change Leaders Pledge' with the other party leaders in
Scotland.
I hope this reassures SCIAF's supporters that the Scottish Government is committed to
taking action on climate change and delivering against our commitments as set out in the
Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

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AILEEN MCLEOD

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