"Scotland is performing well, especially compared to other countries in the UK and the UK as a whole, although much more needs to be done… Scotland performed better than the UK as a whole in 2014: Gross Scottish greenhouse gas emissions, including international aviation and shipping, fell 8.6% in 2014. This compares to a 7.3% fall for the UK as a whole. Since 1990, gross Scottish emissions have fallen nearly 40%," the report said.
Edinburgh has made significant progress in a number of areas related to climate change and emissions had been falling annually by an average of 3.3 percent since 2009, the committee stressed in its report.
The international community is striving to tackle global climate change. Within the framework of the international efforts, the Paris deal on climate change was signed in December 2015. The agreement calls on all parties to respect their human rights obligations when taking action to address climate change and specifically to limit global average temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by reducing emissions.