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Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019

Section 11 – Annual targets: 2018 and 2019

61.Section 11(1) provides that, for the purposes of assessing and reporting in accordance with section 33 of the 2009 Act, the annual target for 2018 and 2019 are to be taken as a target of, respectively, at least 54.0% and 55.0% lower than the baseline.

62.Subsection (2) confers a power on the Scottish Ministers to, by regulations, modify one or more of the percentage figures applying for the purposes of a year mentioned in subsection (1). The regulations are subject to the affirmative procedure.

63.But subsection (3) provides that a draft of regulations to be laid under subsection (2) may only propose the modification of a percentage figure only if:

  • the Scottish Ministers have, at the same time as or before laying the draft of regulations under subsection (2), laid a draft of regulations under section 2A(1) of the 2009 Act proposing to modify the percentage figure applying for the purposes of the interim target for 2020,

  • the figure proposed to be modified is in respect of a year in relation to which the Scottish Ministers have not yet reported on under section 33 of the 2009 Act, and

  • the Scottish Ministers have, before laying a draft of the regulations, had regard to the most up-to-date advice they have received from the relevant body about the figure proposed to be modified.

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