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Climate Law in EU Member States

Climate Law in EU Member States

Towards National Legislation for Climate Protection

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by Marjan Peeters, Mark Stallworthy and Javier de Cendra de Larragán

The complex and multifaceted nature of EU climate legislation poses a major challenge for EU member states. This timely book focuses on national climate action, addressing the regulatory responses required for the purposes of meeting greenhouse gas emissions reduction objectives for 2020 (and beyond).

Chapter 7: Scotland: constraints and opportunities in a devolved system

Colin Reid

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, european law, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


Climate change is an issue which tests the distribution of power between various levels of government. The measures needed to tackle the problem must operate at every level, from the global to the local, so that the interaction between mechanisms at international, regional, state and sub-state levels becomes a crucial issue. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides a focus for considering the constraints on and opportunities for action by sub-state institutions, as well as having some other features worthy of note when legislation to deal with climate change issues is being contemplated.

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