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

Section 17 – Nitrogen balance sheet

90.Section 17 inserts a new section 8A (nitrogen balance sheet) into the 2009 Act. The following paragraphs refer to the subsections of new section 8A.

91.Subsection (1), read with subsection (2), imposes a duty on the Scottish Ministers to create a nitrogen balance sheet to quantify all major nitrogen flows across all sectors and media in Scotland, no later than 18 months after section 8A comes into force. The purpose is to record how nitrogen use efficiency contributes to achieving the targets in the Act.

92.Subsection (3), read with subsection (4), requires regulations to be made, following consultation, making provision for matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e) of subsection (3).

93.Subsection (5), read with subsection (6), defines the term “nitrogen use efficiency” used in section 8A as “the ratio of nitrogen removed from the environment compared to total nitrogen inputs”. For the purposes of assessing the ratio, account should be taken of sources of nitrogen pollution, including food production and waste, energy, and transport.

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