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Scottish Climate Change Targets

23 November 2016

What is the new legislation: The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2016 and The Climate Change (Limit on Use of Carbon Units) (Scotland) Order 2016.
Who does this affect: Scotland
When does this change take place: 28th October 2016

For the purposes of Part 1 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, this Order sets a limit of zero on the net amount of carbon units that may be credited to net Scottish emissions accounts during the period 2018-2022.

It also provides that carbon units credited to or debited from the net Scottish emissions account as a result of the operation of the European Union emission trading scheme (“the EU ETS”) in accordance with the Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010 do not count towards that zero limit.

The EU ETS (including the associated use of carbon units) operates by - 
Limiting, or encouraging the limitation of, activities that consist of the emission of greenhouse gases or that cause or contribute to such emissions, or
Encouraging activities that consist of, or cause or contribute to, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions or removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Full text available here:
http://legislation.data.gov.uk/ssi/2016/328/made/data.pdf and http://legislation.data.gov.uk/ssi/2016/330/made/data.pdf
Source: http://legislation.data.gov.uk
Acknowledgement:  Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.