The Scottish government has officially missed its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Although total emissions fell by 3.3%, Scotland’s participation in the EU-wide Emissions Trading System (ETS) means adjusted emissions, used for setting targets, increased by 3.7%. It means Scotland has officially reduced its emissions by 39.1% since 1990. However, “source emissions”, which exclude the ETS, are down 46.8%. A decrease in coal consumption in the power sector and a fall in the use of fossil fuels in the chemical industry are the main reasons for the real-terms fall. The figures cover emissions of seven greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, during 2017. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Actual emissions, which are what really matters for tackling climate change, reduced by 3.3% between 2016 and 2017.” Legislation is currently going through the Scottish Parliament to set tougher new targets for greenhouse gas emissions with a “net-zero” date being set for 2045. Caroline Rance from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said: “Today’s climate target result shows that Scotland needs to do more on climate change. Emissions from transport, including road traffic and flying, actually went up in 2017.
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Scotland has failed to hit its greenhouse emissions target weeks after Nicola Sturgeon declared a global “climate emergency”. Adjusted emissions in 2017 increased by 3.7 per cent to 46,410 tonnes of the gases even though ministers had laid down a target of 43,946 tonnes. The Climate Change Act contains a target for at least an 80 per cent reduction by 2050 and an interim target for at least a 42 per cent reduction by 2020, which was achieved in 2014 and 2015 but missed in 2016 and 2017. Environmental campaigners said that ministers must implement tougher policies. Caroline Rance, of the campaign group Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: “Action is especially needed in transport, which remains Scotland’s largest emitter, in how we heat our homes and how we grow our food. Changes in these sectors will also improve health, reduce pollution and tackle fuel poverty.”
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Scotland has failed to hit its latest greenhouse gas emissions target, official figures show. It is the second year in a row the country has missed its annual climate change goal, despite achieving cuts in actual emissions. The failure has been blamed on the way progress towards the targets is quantified. There are two measures of greenhouse gases – source emissions, which represent the actual levels of climate-warming gases released, and adjusted emissions, which take account of the Europe-wide emissions trading scheme and are used to measure progress against targets. Scotland’s adjusted emissions for 2017 were 46.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – a rise of 3.7 per cent from the previous year. Source emissions of seven climate-warming gases amounted to 40.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – 3.3 per cent lower than the 2016 figure. This means Scotland has officially reduced emissions by 39.1 per cent since 1990.
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