Scottish Budget 2019-2020: carbon assessment

Estimate of the consumption-based carbon emissions associated with planned budget expenditure.

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1. For a further discussion around the underpinning approach used in the Carbon Assessment, please refer to section 1.5 of the 2010-11 Assessment (

2. See Annex B for a fuller discussion of this issue.

3. Non-cash items are excluded from the assessment where they do not lead to extra demand for goods and services. Because these items are excluded, the Budget total shown here is lower than that in the Budget itself, and lower than in Table 1.

4. This methodology excludes impacts upon carbon dioxide from affecting soils – e.g. ploughing, planting, woodland sequestration. The carbon footprint for the Rural Economy portfolio does not include the emissions relating to spending financed by EU funds because the Budget only shows net expenditure i.e. expenditure that is not funded through sources of income like EU funds.

5. This assessment does not take into account the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme


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