by Grant Allan, Peter G. McGregor and J. Kim Swales
Scotland set a target to reduce emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 and an interim target of 42% by 2020. The figure fell by 26.4% between 1990 and 2012.
Energy supply is the biggest source of emissions (30%), followed by transport (13%) and agriculture and related land uses (12%).
Scotland's carbon footprint grew between 2009 and 2010 suggesting that Scotland's contribution to global warming is more than that accounted for by emissions only.
Progress has been made towards 2020 renewables targets but there is still a considerable way to go and uncertainty over their achievement.
Nuclear and renewables respectively are the largest sources of electricity generation in Scotland.
Fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty are rising, as are fuel prices.
For the full chapter, please see: Allan, G., McGregor, P. G. & Swales, J. K. (2017) Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Policies. In Gibb, K., Maclennan, D., McNulty, K., & Comerford, M. (eds) Scottish Economy - A Living Book. London: Routledge. Available via this link.
Figure 9.1: Net Scottish Emissions Trend & Targets
- All data comes from the Scottish Government's Key Scottish Environmental Statistics dataset, table: GA3 Tbl
Figure 9.2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source
- All data comes from the Scottish Government's publication: Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2015
Per Capita Emissions by Council Area
- All data comes from the UK Government's 2005 to 2015 UK local and regional CO2 emissions data tables
Figure 9.5: Final Energy Consumption by Sector and Targets
- Data comes from the Scottish Government's Energy in Scotland 2017 data set, Figures 1.7 and 2.4