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Scottish Parliament Committee calls for greater urgency on climate change

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has called for greater urgency of action on climate change across all parts of Government, the public and private sectors, and by individuals. Advice and research provided by ECCI-based ClimateXChange - Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change - is referenced a number of times in the report.

The Committee suggests setting ambitious climate targets and states that "the benefits and cost savings of early action outweigh the costs of the effects of climate change". The recommendations are part of the Stage 1 report on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill, which will now trigger a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

ClimateXChange brings together researchers and policy-makers, acting as a knowledge broker between the two to create evidence-based policies for a low carbon, climate ready Scotland.

ClimateXChange Programme Manager Dr Dan Barlow said: “Scotland’s ambition on climate change is an opportunity for positive change.

"The sort of infrastructure investments that we make in the next 10 years will largely determine whether we are able to hit long-term targets.

"ClimateXChange welcomes the Committee’s recommendations and continues to provide research evidence and advise on climate change policy to the Scottish Government.”