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Scottish Geenhouse Gas Emissions on a Consumption Basis

Consumption-based emissions reporting is a complex and evolving field. As a result the figures are currently classed as ‘data being developed’ which means that they may be subject to a greater degree of revision as the methodologies and data-sources continue to be developed. We welcome comments on the methodology and the data sources.  Please contact us: Environment Contacts

In these figures a greenhouse gas footprint refers to greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with the spending of Scottish residents on goods and services, wherever in the world these emissions arise, and those which are directly generated by Scottish households through private motoring etc.  These emissions are often referred to as ‘consumption emissions’ to distinguish them from estimates relating to the emissions ‘produced’ within a country’s territory or economic sphere. In addition to a greenhouse gas footprint covering all greenhouse gases, there is also a separate carbon dioxide footprint. 

The figures are provided by Leeds University under contract to the Scottish Government.  A report describing the methodogy is available: Scottish consumer-based emissions (1998 to 2009) methodology.  While the statistics cover the period 1998-2009, figures for the period 2004-2009 are not comparable with those provided for earlier years.  The current estimates will be revised in 2013 when the GHG model moves over to the new standard industrial classification system (SIC2007).

The greenhouse gas footprint is a national indicator Reduce Scotland's carbon footprint.  In addition Section 37 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires that the Scottish Ministers report, in so far as is reasonably practicable, the emissions of greenhouse gases (whether in Scotland or elsewhere) which are produced by or otherwise associated with the consumption of goods and services in Scotland.  Scottish Ministers must lay a report before the Scottish Parliament in respect of each year in the period 2010-2050.

The data are provided as EXCEL (2003) workbooks. Please contact us if you require the data in a different format.

Scotland's greenhouse gas footprint

Scotland's carbon dioxide footprint