By Andrew Steven, Professor of Property Law, University of Edinburgh
In the pre-pandemic days of last autumn, the Scottish Government placed addressing climate change at the heart of its Programme for Scotland 2019-2020. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in her introduction to that publication, stated: “The consequences of global climate change will be severe. While in some parts of the world its effects are existential, we will also feel the impact here at home. We must act.” The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 is an example of the Scottish Government so acting.