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

Section 18 – Reports on emissions reduction targets

94.Section 18 replaces section 33 (reports on annual targets) of the 2009 Act with a new section 33. The following paragraphs refer to the subsections of new section 33.

95.Subsection (1) requires that the Scottish Ministers must, following each target year, lay before the Scottish Parliament, a report in respect of that target year. Subsection (2) sets out what needs to be stated in each report.

96.Subsection (3)(a) provides that the Scottish Ministers must use target-relevant international carbon reporting practice (as defined in the new section 19(2) of the 2009 Act) when assessing and reporting on the matters mentioned in subsection (2). In doing so they must determine each figure and amount in a manner as would be consistent with the most up-to-date advice provided by the relevant body on the methods to be used for that purpose. Subsection (3)(b) requires Ministers to specify in the report the methods used for that purpose as well.

97.Subsection (4) provides that the report under this section must be laid before the Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable after the information to be contained in the report becomes available.

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