The Programme for Government 2011 – 2016 states that a Climate Change Bill will be published, which will provide certainty surrounding government policy and provide a clear pathway for emissions reductions, in line with negotiated EU 2020 targets.

The Government Legislation Programme for the Autumn Session dated 14 September 2011, states that the heads of the Climate Change Bill have yet to be approved by Government. Publication of the Bill is expected in 2012. A Climate Change Bill published by the last Government on 16 December 2010 is likely to be entirely replaced.