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Scotland's Carbon Footprint


High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Carbon Footprint


The carbon footprint measures all greenhouse gas emissions (expressed in 'carbon dioxide equivalents') generated at home and abroad in the production and transport of the goods and services that we consume. This footprint gives us a robust overall measure of the global impact of our everyday choices.

There are many factors which contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions which make up Scotland's carbon footprint. These include waste, energy, transport, and agriculture among others.

The Scottish Government established a National Indicator to reduce the overall carbon footprint.

Between 1998 and 2016, Scotland’s carbon footprint (emissions from all greenhouse gases) fell by 12.3 per cent, from 84.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) to a record low of 73.8 MtCO2e in 2016.

Scotland’s carbon footprint rose steadily from 1999 to a peak of 100.9 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 2016 is 26.9 per cent


Source: Scottish Government

Further Information

Scotland's Carbon Footprint 1998-2016