Greenhouse gases from Scottish industry at a ten year low

15 January 2019

Article: 53/0205

The latest annual mass pollutant figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that greenhouse gases emitted by Scottish industry are continuing to fall.

The figures are published online in the 2017 Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) and show how the pollutants emitted by Scottish regulated businesses are changing as the country continues to move to a more sustainable, resource efficient Scotland.

Greenhouse gas levels have reduced 57% since 2007 when 26 Megatonnes (Mt) of pollutants were released. The 2017 total was 11 Mt. The largest drop came in 2016, as Longannet powerstation was only operational for the first few months of the year. There was a further reduction of 6% (just under 1 Mt) in 2017 in the first full year with no emissions from the plant.

The data is available to view on the SPRI website.

Source: SEPA, 7 January 2018.