Scotland's carbon footprint: 1998 - 2017

Estimates of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis.

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Revisions since the previous Carbon Footprint for Scotland

There have been eight releases of the model used to estimate Scotland's Carbon Footprint.

Chart 8 shows the differences between the 2016 and 2017 releases of the carbon footprint. Revisions to previously published estimates in this release are relatively modest and overwhelmingly relate to the earlier part of the time-series. There revisions relate to the use of higher resolution data on the emissions content of third country production in the multi-regional input-output model used in this carbon footprint.

Chart 8. Scotland's Carbon Footprint. Comparison of 1998-2016 and 1998-2017 series. Values in MtCO2e
A line chart showing the comparison of the 2016 and 2017 datasets of Scotland’s carbon footprint.

Revisions between the 1990-2012 and 1990-2017 publications

Since the carbon footprint was first published, successive releases have used different versions of the UK MRIO model. The 2012 release used a 2-region model which only distinguished the UK and the Rest of the World as trade regions. The 2013, 2015 and 2016 releases used a four region model, distinguishing imports from Europe, China and the Rest of World, using trade data from the Eora global MRIO. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 model adopted the same four regions but used trade data from the EXIOBASE MRIO. In this release, the UK MRIO model has moved to a 14 region configuration although this has been collapsed to a degree in the publication for clarity. The full 14 region detail is provided in a spreadsheet which accompanies this publication.



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