No easing up on climate, Scotland says

Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Scottish government announced it was looking to do more to advance a low-carbon future over the next few years.

The Scottish government has some of the most ambitious renewable energy objectives. It said that, by 2010, it was halfway to its 2020 goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent.

Edinburgh published its second draft report on climate change strategies that outlines a road map for a low-carbon future.

The report recommends a cut to carbon emissions from electricity generation by about 80 percent by 2030. Renewable energy should account for 100 percent of the country's electricity consumption by 2020.

Scottish Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said his country's green targets solidify its position as a world leader in renewables.

The government added that it aims to get more low-carbon vehicles on the road and invest more money into public transportation in an effort to reduce emissions even further.

Wheelhouse, however, said there's no room for complacency when it comes to climate change.

"Climate change is already proving to be damaging and we must act now to limit future damage," he said in a statement. "It is important that everyone realizes that climate change is not a problem for other people or another time."

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