The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called on Scotland to do more to hit its carbon dioxide emission reduction targets.

It said “much more will be required” if Scotland is to hit its target of cutting emissions by 42% from 1990 levels in 2020.

The CCC said: “Whilst emissions have fallen by an average of 3.3% per year since 2009, this has been mostly due to progress in the power sector with reduced coal and expanded renewable generation.

“Other sectors now need urgent attention.”

2014 target hit

The report showed that Scotland’s annual emissions reduction target for 2014 was met, with gross greenhouse gas emissions – including international aviation and shipping – falling by 8.6%.

Across the UK as a whole, emissions fell by 7.3% in 2014.

Since 1990, gross Scottish emissions have fallen by nearly 40%, compared to nearly 33% at a UK level.

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