Scotland have failed to meet their climate change targets for a second year in a row.
Although the government had suggested that they were on target to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 42% by the end of the decade but Environmental campaigners have described the figures as disappointing.
Scotland’s Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
“Despite changes to the historical data on emissions, making this year’s target harder to achieve, we have come within touching distance of it, and the revised targets mean we will all need to focus our efforts in the future to stay on course.
“Whilst I am disappointed we have not achieved our climate change reduction goal for 2011 in carbon terms, we have met it in percentage terms – with a 25.7% reduction between 1990 and 2011.”
The Scottish Government want to reduce carbon emission by 24% by the year 2020.
Dr Sam Gardner, of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, said: ”We recognise that this is due in part to complicated changes on how we count our emissions, but the headline of another missed target strongly underlines the need for a much tougher climate action plan, expected out later this month, that will drive down emissions year-on-year and give confidence that future targets can be met.
“With increasingly tougher targets in the future, ministers must up their game if Scotland is to deliver on climate justice and is to reap the rewards of the transition to a low carbon future.”
Scottish Labour environment spokeswoman Claire Baker said: “With around 40% of emissions coming from transport and housing then robust discussion must be taking place around the cabinet table.
“The Scottish government must now return to parliament before the summer recess to fully explain why this target was missed and what action they will take to get back on track.”