In May 2019, the Scottish Government declared a climate emergency, legislating for a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to become net zero by 2045. It has set several interim targets, including a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This decade will be critical for the transition to greater sustainability and net zero, requiring a decisive shift from planning to implementation.
But how can we achieve this without exacerbating socioeconomic inequalities and leaving those behind who are already most vulnerable? How can we ensure a net zero Scotland for all?
Achieving an equitable and inclusive transition to a net zero society is hugely challenging and deeply complex. It will be the defining challenge of the century. No single sector in society can tackle this alone. It will require unprecedented collaboration, coordination and focus. If we are to achieve this, we have to work together and draw on everyone’s strengths.