The Scottish Government has published a Climate Change Bill which sets mandatory targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland by 80% by 2050. We welcome this as an opportunity for Scotland to lead the way in climate legislation. The Big Ask Scotland is Friends of the Earth Scotland’s campaign for an effective Climate Change Bill. We are calling for a Bill that, in addition to setting the right targets, is backed by a strong supporting framework which incentivises action and penalises failure to meet targets. With the public sector accounting for 23.4% of the Scottish workforce, it has a particularly crucial role in tackling climate change. In light of this, this briefing
proposes a Public Sector Climate Fund to provide incentives and sanctions to help public bodies reduce emissions.