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The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report for 2015

The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report for 2015

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ISBN: 9781788512534

This is a report required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. It provides detail on the annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

Executive Summary

This is the sixth report on the Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

It shows that both the annual and domestic effort targets for 2015 were met.

Achievement of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions targets is measured against the level of the net Scottish emissions account (NSEA). The NSEA is defined in the Act as the aggregate amount of “net Scottish emissions” of greenhouse gases, reduced / increased by the amount of carbon units credited to / debited from it in accordance with the Carbon Accounting Scheme Regulations made under the Act.

In 2015, net Scottish emissions are estimated to have been 48,051,092 tCO2e. This was 3.0 per cent lower than the 2014 figure of 49,515,198 tCO2e, or a 1,464,106 tCO2e decrease. Between 1990 and 2015, there was a 37.6 per cent reduction in net Scottish emissions.