Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2015

18 December 2018

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On 12 December 2018, Scotland’s chief statistician published ‘Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2015’. The report provides estimates of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis - emissions that are associated with the spending of Scottish residents on goods and services, wherever in the world these emissions arise, together with emissions directly generated by Scottish households.

The key points that were highlighted were that:

  • between 2014 and 2015, the carbon footprint, which is the emissions from all greenhouse gases, remained constant at 76.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e)
  • between 1998 and 2015, the carbon footprint fell by 8.0 per cent, from 83.1 MtCO2e in 1998 to 76.5 MtCO2e in 2015
  • Scotland’s carbon footprint rose steadily from 1999 to a peak of 97.7 MtCO2e in 2007 before falling sharply in the following years, coinciding with the recession
  • Scotland's carbon footprint has generally fallen gradually in more recent years, where the overall reduction between the 2007 peak and 2015 is 21.8 per cent

Source: Scottish Government News, 12 December 2018