Scotland's 'carbon' footprint measures all greenhouse gas emissions (expressed in 'carbon dioxide equivalents') generated at home and abroad in the production and transport of the goods and services that we consume. This footprint gives us a robust overall measure of the global impact of our everyday choices. We want Scotland to be a leading nation in sustainable living, reducing the impact we have on both our local and global environment. Our current consumption patterns are unsustainable, with growing demands on the world's resources and its impact on our environment.
Many factors influence this indicator; to reduce our carbon footprint we must reduce our waste, energy and transport use and consume food and other materials more sustainably. The crucial first step is a change in our behaviour.
Government needs to work to make sustainable choices in our daily lives easier and to raise public awareness of the impacts of our current consumption patterns. We aim to do a lot more - through taking a lead in sustainable procurement, by reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting of that waste that is created, increasing energy from renewable sources, supporting organisations and households to use energy more efficiently and taking a range of actions to tackle climate change.
There has been an overall reduction in Scotland’s carbon footprint since a peak in 2007 when it was 94.3 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). The latest figure, for 2012, is 76.8 MtCO2e.
The data is available at the bottom of the page.
This evaluation is based on: any difference within 3 percent of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. A decrease of 3 percent or more suggests the position is improving; whereas an increase of 3 percent or more suggests the position is worsening. This methodology might need to be reviewed in the future as more data point become available.
For information on general methodological approach, please click here.
Scotland Performs Technical Note
A wide range of public sector bodies are key to delivering a reduced footprint across public services particularly around reducing waste, offering more sustainable energy and transport, improving energy efficiency and making more sustainable choices easier.
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