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Scotland has missed its annual target for reducing emissions.

2018 greenhouse gas emission data released by the Scottish Government on 16 June shows that Scotland has missed its annual target for reducing emissions.

Emissions increased by 1.5% between 2017 and 2018.

The Committee for Climate Change recommended a new method of reporting emissions for the purposes of reporting against targets. This is known as the GHG Account.

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 specifies a 54% reduction in the GHG Account between the baseline period and 2018. A 50% percent reduction has been achieved, so the target for 2018 has not been met.

You can read the full publication entitled Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2018 on the Scottish Government's website here.

 

 

 

 

17 June 2020

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