Part 1 - Annual and Domestic Effort Targets
Requirements of the Act
Section 33 of the Act requires that:
- The Scottish Ministers must lay before the Scottish Parliament a report in respect of each year in the period 2010-2050 for which an annual target has been set (a "target year") (subsection (1)). The report under this section must be laid before the Parliament no later than 31 October in the second year after the target year (subsection (7)).
- The report must state whether the annual target for the target year has been met (subsection (2)).
- If the annual target has not been met, the report must explain why (subsection (3)).
- The report must also state whether the domestic effort target has been met in the target year to which the report relates (subsection (4)).
- If the domestic effort target has not been met, the report must explain why (subsection (5)).
- The report must contain information mentioned in section 34 of the Act (subsection (6)). This is covered in parts 2, 3 and 4 of this report.
The annual target for 2014 was met
Achievement of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions annual targets is measured against the level of the net Scottish emissions account ( NSEA). The NSEA accounts for the greenhouse gas emissions from sources in Scotland, Scotland's share of emissions from international aviation and international shipping, the effect of any relevant emissions sequestration ( e.g. "carbon sinks" such as woodland) and the effect of the sale and purchase of relevant carbon units (tradable emissions allowances). Part 3 of this report contains information on the NSEA, including the total amount of carbon units that have been credited to or debited from the NSEA.
In 2014, the amount of the NSEA was 41,885,736 tCO 2e (see Part 3 of this report). The fixed annual target for 2014 is to reduce emissions to 46,958,000 tCO 2e. This means that the fixed annual target for 2014 was met by 5,072,264 tCO 2e.
Table 1: Margin between the annual emissions target and the net Scottish Emissions Account ( NSEA) in 2014 ( tCO 2e)
Annual target (A)
Net Scottish Emissions Account (B)
Margin by which target is met (+) or missed (-) (A - B)
Domestic Effort Target
The domestic effort target for 2014 was met
Section 8 of the Act places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to ensure that reductions in net Scottish emissions of greenhouse gases, account for at least 80 per cent of the reduction in the net Scottish emissions account in any target year - the "domestic effort target". For the specific purpose of ascertaining whether this target has been met, the Act stipulates that the use of carbon units through the operation of the EU ETS is treated as though it is a reduction in "net Scottish emissions".
The proportion of the change in the NSEA which is accounted for by changes in net Scottish emissions (including the operation of the EU ETS) is shown in Table 5 in Part 3 of this report. It shows that 100 per cent of the reduction in the NSEA is accounted for by reductions in net Scottish emissions (including the operation of the EU ETS) and thus the domestic effort target has been met.
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