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Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2014

DescriptionThis publication aims to provide an easily accessible reference document which offers information on a wide range of environmental topics. It covers key datasets on the state of the environment in Scotland, with an emphasis on the trends over time wherever possible. The data are supplemented by text providing brief background information on environmental impacts, relevant legislation and performance against national and international targets.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 21, 2014


ISBN 978 1 78412 678 0 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 33619

This document is also available in pdf format (2.3MB)
Tables and Charts are also available in Excel format (1.5MB)
Revisions to three of the Tables and Charts are available in Excel format (140KB)


An errata was published on 19/09/2014.

A small number of errors were discovered in the original ‘Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2014 - Excel tables and charts’ document, which is available via the Downloadable Documents page. Subsequently, a separate file: ‘Revisions to Tables and Charts’, which contains the correct values for the three tables and charts that have been revised since publication on 21/08/2014, has been issued.

These revisions are summarised below:

Electricity Generation by Source: 2000 – 2012: Renewables figures have been revised slightly for most years. None of these revisions have an impact on the percentage changes mentioned in the publication.

Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations: 1992 - 2013: The 2013 figure for Aberdeen Errol Place has a data capture rate of below 50% and so should not have been included in the original table. The graph included in the main publication has been updated to reflect this.

Public Water Supplies - Water Abstracted and Supplied: 2002/03 – 2013/14: the 2012/13 figure for Raw Water Abstracted has been revised from 1,922 Ml/d to 1,929 Ml/d.

The pdf and html have both been updated to reflect these changes.




Population and Households: 1991-2037
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 1998-2013
Electricity Generation by Source: 2000-2012
Motor Traffic on All Roads: 1993-2013
Background - Footnotes

Public Attitudes & Behaviours
Perceived Immediacy of Climate Change: 2008 and 2013
Outdoor Visits: 2006 - 2013
Frequency of Use of Local Greenspace: 2013
Public Attitudes & Behaviours - Footnotes

Global Atmosphere
Annual Mean Temperature: 1910-2013
Annual Precipitation: 1910-2013
Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source: 1990-2012
Reporting against Scotland's Climate Change Targets. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Adjusted to Take Account of Trading in the EU Emissions Trading System: 1990 base year - 2012
Scotland's Carbon Footprint (Greenhouse Gas Emissions on a Consumption Basis): 1998-2010
Column Ozone Measurements: 1981-2012
Global Atmosphere - Footnotes

Air Quality
Particulate (PM10) Concentrations: 1993-2013
Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations: 1992-2013
Ground Level Ozone Concentrations: 1990-2013
Emissions of Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxides from Large Combustion Plants: 1996-2013
Sensitive Habitats Exceeding Critical Loads for Acidification and Eutrophication: 1995-1997 to 2010-2012
Air Quality - Footnotes

Public Water Supplies - Water Abstracted and Supplied: 2002/03-2013/14
Drinking Water Quality: 1992-2013
River Water Quality: 1992-2013
Nitrate Concentrations in Rivers: 2000-2013
Distribution of mean orthophosphate concentrations, percentage of sites within each band
Water - Footnotes

Compliance with the EC Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC): 1988-2013
Selected Commercial Fish Stocks: 1960-2014
Marine - Footnotes

Exposure of the Population to All Sources of Radiation: 2010
Activity Concentrations in Milk: 1966-2013
Radioactivity - Footnotes

Waste & Recycling
Waste Sent to Landfill: 2000-2012
Household Waste : 2011-2012
Food Waste Disposal: 2012 - 2013
Waste Recycling Behaviour: 2000-2011
Waste & Recycling - Footnotes

Derelict and Urban Vacant Land: 2007-2013
Agricultural Land Use: 1982-2013
Nutrients Applied to Crops and Grass: 1986-2013
Area of Woodland: 1924-2014
Land - Footnotes

Designated Areas: 1991-2014
Scheduled Monuments: 1991-2014
Conservation - Footnotes

Broad Habitat Change: 1990-2007
Changes in Plant Species Richness: 1990-2007
Status of UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Habitats in Scotland: 2008
Status of UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Species in Scotland: 2008
Status of Wild Bird Populations: 1975-2012
Catches of Wild Salmon: 1952-2013
Biodiversity - Footnotes

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