Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions target missed again

16/06/2021 14:42
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The Scottish government has again missed its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Figures for 2019 show they fell 51.5% against the baseline, well short of the 55% target. 

The statistics reveal Scotland's land is no longer regarded as a "carbon sink" to soak up some carbon dioxide.

Although year-on-year emissions fell, figures for all years have been revised up significantly, meaning more gases were released than previously thought.

The Scottish government has set itself a legal target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2045.

That is five years ahead of the date set for the UK as a whole.

There is also an interim target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 which was beyond what the Climate Change Committee believed was feasible.

Greenhouse gases - like carbon dioxide and methane - accumulate in the atmosphere and are responsible for the planet warming.

In 2019, the equivalent of 47.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide was emitted in Scotland.

Domestic transport continues to be the industry which emits the most, followed by business and then agriculture.

 Significantly more offshore wind capacity means emissions from the electricity sector fell after a blip the previous year.


Fossil fuels were used to generate just 12.7% of Scotland's power.




Most sectors saw a slight decrease in emissions, but there was virtually no change from agriculture and international aviation and shipping.

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