Scottish greenhouse gas emissions 2019

22 June 2021

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The Scottish Government has published its report on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions for 2019, compiled in-line with international guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The inventory reports on actual emissions or removals of greenhouse gases, including those from international aviation and shipping. Source emissions were 47.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019, falling by 43.8% between 1990 and 2018, and decreasing by 2.3% between 2018 and 2019.

The Climate Change Committee recommended a new method for recording emissions for the purposes of reporting against targets, which was implemented for the first time in June 2020. This is known as the GHG Account and the calculation is detailed in section C of the statistics release. On this basis, the GHG account reduced by 51.5% between the baseline period and 2019. The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 specifies a 55% reduction over the same period, meaning the target for 2019 has not been met.

Source: Scottish Government, 15 June 2021