The UN climate change secretary has praised Scotland’s progress on climate change as “exemplary”.
The Climate Change Act, passed in 2009 by the Scottish Parliament, set binding targets to cut emissions for each year until 2020.
Christiana Figueres told BBC Scotland that, despite the Scottish government not meeting its interim targets, she was impressed by the pace of change.
She said the fact that emissions had been cut by 38% was “quite impressive”.
She added that the fact Scotland was already producing 50% of its energy from renewable energies in this time frame was also very impressive.
Her remarks come barely two months after the Scottish government faced questions from the Committee on Climate Change, an independent statutory body advising the UK government and devolved administrations, over plans to cut spending on climate change by almost 10%.
Ms Figueres visited the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh followed by a community climate project with Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod.