Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland: World leaders have "moral obligation" to reach deal at COP21

Ilario D'Amato
7 December 2015

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scottish Government

PARIS: Today at COP21 The Climate Group's Climate TV interviewed Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, who said that negotiators in Paris have a "moral obligation" to reach a deal.  

The First Minister was speaking at the launch of the first-ever disclosure report from the Compact of States and Regions, a pioneering reporting mechanism for leading state and regional governments to submit their climate targets. 

Scotland has reported its commitments to the Compact, and is also a member of The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance, which brings together state and regional government leaders from around the world in a powerful network to shares expertise and influence the international climate dialogue.

The first ‘Disclosure Report' from the Compact of States and Regions currently has the support of 44 states and regions together representing 325 million people and over US$10.5 trillion in GDP – one eighth of the global economy.

Nicola Sturgeon says the Compact allows "states and regions that individually represent a very small portion of the world's population to come together and cumulatively have a much larger impact."

Today the initiative announced the collective government plans to reduce emissions by 12.4 GtC02e by 2030 – which is greater than China’s current annual output.

The First Minister added that the reporting and review process of the Compact will drive successful climate action. "Being open and upfront about reporting of targets brings important accountability not just for the Compact, but that open transparency and accountability for governments across the world is key to success in tackling climate change."

She outlines how Scotland has a goal to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020 on 1990 levels, a target of which the government is currently 38% of the way toward achieving. Today at the press conference in Paris, Nicola Sturgeon said the government is aiming to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.

Scotland also now generates almost half of its electricity demand from renewables and is aiming for 100% of domestic use by 2020.

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