Scottish carbon success
Total emissions, including those for shipping and air transport, fell 18.7 per cent over the period from 1990 to 2007.
These latest figures were published by the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory in its report Greenhouse Gas Inventories for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: 1990 – 2007. It revealed that the 2007 figure for Scotland was 56.9 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2e).
This compares favourably with the 1990 baseline figure of 70 Mt CO2e, and is also 6.8 per cent less than the 2006 figure of 61 Mt CO2e.
Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, said of the results: “These figures are good news and show that we are making progress in reducing our emissions against the 1990 baseline. However, the data also demonstrates the size of the task now facing us – and the rest of the world – in reducing emissions.”
Stevenson said that the Scottish government had committed to making further progress, having passed its own Climate Change Act during the past year in which it set out its plans to combat emissions.
“In 2010, which is the first year for the emissions targets contained in the Act, we will outline the plans and proposals that we will adopt to set us on a trajectory towards a low-carbon future,” he added.
As a party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UK has to submit an annual inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1998, UK inventory data has been disaggregated to provide detailed emissions data for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Full details can be found on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory website.