Skip to main content

10/06/14 09:26

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions rise in 2012

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

In 2012, Scottish emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases are estimated to be 52.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This is 0.8 per cent higher than the 2011 figure of 52.5 MtCO2e.

Between 1990 and 2012, there was a 29.9 per cent reduction in estimated emissions in Scotland. The main contributors to this reduction have been a fall in energy supply emissions (such as in the production of electricity) and from business and industrial emissions.

The equivalent figures for the UK (onshore) indicate that there was a 2.9 per cent increase between 2011 and 2012 and a 23.7 per cent reduction between 1990 and 2012.

When emissions are adjusted to take account of trading in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), emissions increased by 0.5 per cent between 2011 and 2012 (from 55.4 MtCO2e to 55.7 MtCO2e).

Compared to the Baseline, emissions in 2012 were 26.4 per cent lower after taking account of trading in the EU ETS.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication is available at

This publication provides estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland for the years 1990 to 2012. Except where stated, the emissions figures shown in this release include an estimate of emissions from international aviation and shipping.

The release also provides information on the performance against emission reduction targets, taking account of trading in carbon units. These targets are prescribed in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The data on Greenhouse Gas Emissions used in this release have been compiled for all Nations of the UK by a consortium of independent contractors. Further information on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory can be found at

Further information on Scottish economic statistics can be accessed at

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: