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Environment Statistics

Path through woodlandPlease note that Scottish Environment Statistics Online database and Key Scottish Environment Statistics are no longer updated as of 30 September 2017. The decision to stop making updates was made following a user consultation. Further details, including the consultation paper and a user survey, are available here .

This section provides Environment statistics for Scotland together with commentary, metadata and links to sources of additional information. The Scottish Government collects few statistics on the environment, but does collate and publish statistics from various other sources.

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017 – provides the first release of Scottish greenhouse gas emissions statistics for 2017. 

Scotland's Carbon Footprint 1998-2016 - Scottish greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2016 - the report has an associated Excel workbook with tables and charts.

Scottish Environment Statistics Online – online database – includes updates not included in the annual publications.

Scottish Environment News - provides updates to the work of the environment statistics branch and links to wider data releases and publications.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There are two measures of greenhouse gases:


SOURCE EMISSIONS.  These are a measure of the actual emissions or removals in Scotland  They include international aviation and shipping and are used for UK and international comparisons.  In 2016, Scottish emissions of the basket of seven greenhouse gases are estimated to be 38.6 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This is 10.3 per cent lower than the 2015 figure of 43.0 MtCO2e, a 4.4 MtCO2e decrease. 


ADJUSTED EMISSIONS.  These emissions are adjusted to account for Scotland's participation in EU-wide emissions trading.  Adjusted emissions are used to measure progress against targets.  When emissions are adjusted to take account of trading in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), emissions increased by 2.5 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (from 40.5 MtCO2e to 41.5 MtCO2e).  Compared with the Baseline Period, emissions in 2016 were 45.2 per cent lower. 



Environment statistics in more detail


Publicationsa list of all our environment statistics publications.

Datasets - details of how to access environment datasets.

Consultation - ScotStatconsultation on environment statistics.

Related Areas and Linksassociated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Contactsour contact details.

Revisionsour revisions policy.

Uses Of Statistics - results of a user survey as to how our publications are used.

Data Sources and Suitability - information on data sources withing Scottish Government and externally.

Data Being Developed - experimental statistics on Scottish consumption-based emissions.

Environment News - information on the latest environment statistics.