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Scotland's carbon footprint: 2015

Scotland's carbon footprint refers to estimates of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis.

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Chart 1. Scotland's Carbon Footprint, 1998-2015. Values in MtCO2e

Chart 1. Scotland's Carbon Footprint, 1998-2015. Values in MtCO2e

  • Between 2014 and 2015, Scotland's carbon footprint (emissions from all greenhouse gases) remained constant at 76.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e).
  • Between 1998 and 2015, Scotland's carbon footprint fell by 8.0 per cent, from 83.1 MtCO2e in 1998 to 76.5 MtCO2e in 2015.
  • Scotland's carbon footprint rose steadily from 1999 to a peak of 97.7 MtCO2e in 2007 before falling sharply in the following years (coinciding with the recession) and has generally fallen gradually in more recent years. The overall reduction between this 2007 peak, and 2015 is 21.8 per cent.

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