Scottish greenhouse gas emissions reduced by nearly half

19 June 2018

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Scotland has achieved a 49% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, meeting its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running. The latest figures, which are calculated against a 1990 baseline, show Scotland is set to exceed its current 2020 climate change target and continues to outperform the UK as a whole. In western Europe, amongst the EU-15 member states, Scotland is second only to Sweden (51%) and ahead of Finland (42%), Germany (25%) and Denmark (23%).

The statistics also show emissions of the single most significant greenhouse gas – carbon dioxide – have fallen by more than 50%.

Source: Scottish Government, 12 June 2018