Climate tar­get warn­ing

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

FIFE coun­cil­lors have been warned more must be done t o avoid t he re­gion fall­ing short of loom­ing tough new climate change tar­gets.

Mem­bers of Fife’s en­vi­ron­ment, pro­tec­tive ser­vices and com­mu­nity safety com­mit­tee heard that Fife has made great strides in re­cent years in cut­ting its car­bon foot­print and is well on the way to meet­ing the Scottish Gov­ern­ment’s cur­rent emis­sion re­duc­tion tar­get of 42% by 2020.

H o w e v e r, b e c a u s e Scot­land as a whole achieved the 2020 na­tional emis­sions re­duc­tion tar­get six years early, coun­cil­lors were ad­vised the Scottish Gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing to in­crease the tar­get to 56% by 2020 on 1990 lev­els.

Fife will there­fore need to cut a fur­ther quar­ter off its cur­rent car­bon foot­print within the next three years.

En­vi­ron­men­tal strat­egy of­fi­cer Cat Payne stressed the sit­u­a­tion would re­quire a “step change” in Fife Coun­cil’s in­vest­ment and am­bi­tions, and ad­mit­ted cur­rent projects will not be suf­fi­cient.

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