Scotland has the most ambitious climate legislation in the world and today (Friday 12 March) the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) board made a bold commitment that the Park Authority will achieve Net Zero emissions by 2025 at the latest.
Meeting virtually the CNPA board laid out a timescale for achieving net zero emissions across the Cairngorms National Park and proposed to lead the way in tackling the climate emergency with three clear commitments:
These targets are in line with the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, which laid out a commitment for Scotland to have net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. Achieving these goals for the Cairngorms National Park as a whole will require close collaboration with a range of stakeholders, from local residents to businesses, land managers and third-sector organisations, alongside the development of a range of affordable green transport, infrastructure and power solutions.
Xander McDade, Convener of the CNPA, explains: “This year the world will be looking to Scotland as Glasgow hosts the United Nations COP26 climate summit in November. The Cairngorms National Park has a key role to play in the fight to tackle climate change in Scotland through pioneering nature-based solutions, but we are only part of the answer. We will all need to come together to make changes to the way we live, work and enjoy nature. Today’s commitment from the Park Authority is a good start, and we are keen to lead by example to help achieve net zero emissions in the National Park by 2045 at the latest, but to be successful we will have to work in partnership with our communities, businesses and land owners to achieve this.”