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Scotland's Carbon Footprint

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday 20 April, 2017

Greenhouse Gas 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 2013, Scotland’s carbon footprint (emissions from all greenhouse gases) fell by 4.8 per cent, from 99.6 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 1998 to 94.8 MtCO2e in 2013.

Scotland’s carbon footprint rose fairly steadily from 1998 to a peak of 115.3 MtCO2e in 2007 before falling sharply in the following years (coinciding with the recession) when it fell to 92.8 MtCO2e in 2009.Between 2012 and 2013, the carbon footprint increased by 3.5 per cent.

Source: Scottish Government

Further Information

Scotland's Carbon Footprint 1998-2013