It is estimated that total emissions attributed to the 2019-20 Budget amount to 7.3 million tonnes carbon equivalent (MtCO2e). Emissions associated with last year’s Draft Budget would have been 7.0 MtCO2e when estimated on a consistent basis.
Carbon emissions across the different Government portfolios remain broadly proportional to spend, except for Rural Economy and Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, where the emissions intensity of spend is higher.
‘Second-round’ emissions that may result from Government spending, whether beneficial in terms of reducing emissions (e.g. spending on energy efficiency or afforestation) or negative in terms of increasing emissions (e.g. road use) are not captured.
Alongside this analysis of the carbon impact of the Budget, the Scottish Government will continue to use individual level assessments to improve understanding of the lifecycle emission impacts of Government projects and policies. The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan, published in February this year, lays out further information on the measures that will allow us to meet our climate change targets out to 2032.