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Environment Statistics

Path through woodlandThe Scottish Government (SG) is seeking your views to inform potential reductions to its Environment Statistics outputs. The aim of the user survey is to obtain feedback on the need for and use of the SG outputs in order to ensure that the statistics that meet user needs continue to be available. We are also seeking feedback on the quality of our other Scottish environment statistics products; suggestions for changes that would make them more useful to you and help to identify gaps in the availability of environmental statistics. Your views will help to inform these important decisions in order that we can continue to make improvements and respond to new issues as they arise. 

The user survey will run until 18 June. The consultation paper with links to the user survey is available here:

This section provides Environment statistics for Scotland together with commentary, metadata and links to sources of additional information. The Scottish Government collects few statistics on the environment, but does collate and publish statistics from various other sources.

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2016 - the report has an associated Excel workbook with tables and charts.

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014 – provides the first release of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions statistics for 2014. 

Scotland's Carbon Footprint 1998-2013 - Scottish greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis

Scottish Environment Statistics Online – online database – includes updates not included in the annual publications.

Scottish Environment News - provides updates to the work of the environment statistics branch and links to wider data releases and publications.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There are two measures of greenhouse gases:


SOURCE EMISSIONS.  These are a measure of the actual emissions or removals in Scotland  They include international aviation and shipping and are used for UK and international comparisons.  In 2014, source emissions were 46.7 MtCO2e.  This is a 39.5% reduction from 1990 and an 8.6% reduction from 2013.


ADJUSTED EMISSIONS.  These emissions are adjusted to account for Scotland's participation in EU-wide emissions trading.  Adjusted emissions are used to measure progress against targets.  In 2014, adjusted emissions were 41.886 MtCO2e.  This is a 45.8% reduction from the Baseline Periood and a 12.5% reduction from 2013.

Environment statistics in more detail


Publicationsa list of all our environment statistics publications.

Datasets - details of how to access environment datasets.

Consultation - ScotStatconsultation on environment statistics.

Related Areas and Linksassociated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Contactsour contact details.

Revisionsour revisions policy.

Uses Of Statistics - results of a user survey as to how our publications are used.

Data Sources and Suitability - information on data sources withing Scottish Government and externally.

Data Being Developed - experimental statistics on Scottish consumption-based emissions.

Environment News - information on the latest environment statistics.