Concerns expressed about emissions report

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Tom Ballantine from Stop Climate Chaos told the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee the "big scale indicators" on the Scottish government's efforts to meet its emissions reduction targets were "not very encouraging".

Mr Ballantine was participating in a round table discussion on Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027 - The Draft Second Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2), on 20 February 2013.

He pointed out the first emissions target for 2010 had been missed and in fact overall, transport emissions had gone up rather than down.

Peter Hawkins from Spokes criticised the level of funding going to cycling and called for someone in the Scottish government to make the link between transport and health.

Mr Hawkins also said transport emissions should be addressed earlier than in the RPP2 which had a "string of zeros for 12 years" in terms of transport emissions reductions.

Colin Howden from Transform Scotland said the RPP2 had no "detailed breakdowns on critical sectors most notably transport" adding there was not sufficient information in the document.

The Scottish Government published its latest climate change plans in January, designed to ensure Scotland achieves its legally-binding greenhouse gas reduction targets.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced he wanted the electricity industry to cut its emissions by 80% by 2030.

Also participating in the round table discussion were Nigel Holmes from Climate 2020 and Keith Irving from Living Streets Scotland.

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