Businesses call on Scottish Government to aim for “net zero” carbon emissions

Following its appeal to UK Prime Minister Theresa May to aim for ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 at the latest, SSE has joined a call by WWF and other organisations to urge The Scottish Parliament to do the same. 

The letter says Scotland’s proud tradition of innovation, wealth of natural resources and a track record on climate change, means it has an opportunity to rise to the challenge and provide leadership.

SSE joins The Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group, Sky, Tesco, Coca Cola, Scottish Power. Virgin Money and Vattenfall to encourage the Scottish Parliament to renew their position as a climate leader in the Climate Change Bill and pledge to become carbon neutral. 

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE Chief Executive, said:  “We’ve no doubt about endorsing these big targets and bold ambitions; the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel was clear about the serious risk of climate change and action is needed.

“Governments can lead and set the framework to ensure advanced economies keep up the pace in reducing emissions. 

“SSE met its carbon reduction target three years early and we’ve now set an even more stringent target of a 50% reduction in carbon intensity of our electricity generation by 2030.  That, combined with our billions in investment in low carbon energy infrastructure shows we’re playing our part.  We want Government’s to do the same.”