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Scotland to abandon pledge to cut carbon emissions by 75% by 2030

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🗞️ Driving the news: Scottish government officials have abandoned their ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 75% by 2030, opting instead for less stringent, five-year carbon budgets
• This decision aligns Scotland's policies more closely with the UK and Welsh governments' approaches

🔭 The context: The original targets, criticized as unrealistic by the UK Climate Change Committee, were deemed "no longer credible" due to inadequate progress in key areas such as home heating and transportation
• Scotland's Net Zero Secretary, Màiri McAllan, defended the move as a pragmatic adjustment to an overwhelming challenge

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The reversal is seen as a significant step back from Scotland's previous leadership in aggressive climate policies
• This move could potentially slow the momentum needed to address urgent global warming challenges, impacting international perceptions and effectiveness in climate action

⏭️ What's next: The Scottish government plans to implement new measures, including expanding electric vehicle infrastructure and exploring a new public transport ticket system
• However, these initiatives have been criticized as insufficient in the face of the scaled-back emissions targets

💬 One quote: "Instead of using the past decade to deliver warm homes, reliable public transport and a fair transition away from fossil fuels, inept, short-termist politicians have kept millions of people trapped in the broken status quo that only benefits big polluters." - Imogen Dow, Head of Campaigns, Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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