Scotland’s carbon footprint shrank to the lowest levels ever recorded in 2017, according to the latest official figures. The statistics reveal the environmental impact of goods and services purchased and used by Scots, wherever in the world emissions were created, as well as the direct impact from things like household heating and car use within Scotland. The new report, from Scotland’s chief statistician, shows emissions of all greenhouse gases created by Scots across the globe and locally fell to 70.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
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SCOTLAND’s high-polluting petrochemicals industry has warned that investment will move overseas if decarbonisation costs cannot be passed on to consumers. MSPs are scrutinising the Scottish Government’s updated climate change plan – which sets out how the country will aim to cut 1990 levels of carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2045.
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Parts of Britain Are Already Hitting 2030 Carbon Targets. Areas with nuclear and renewables produce cleanest power. Britain has pledged the deepest cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the Group of 20 nations to put the U.K. at the vanguard of the fight against climate change. The prime minister’s goal to slash pollution by 68% in the four decades through 2030 could put Britain on track to deliver net-zero emissions by the middle of the century. Southern Scotland, and northeast and northwest England had the cleanest power mix last year, according to the findings from Nuclear Industry Association. Those regions achieved the U.K.’s 2030 electricity decarbonization target on more than 85% of days in 2020. Britain, as a whole, hit the 2030 target on just 13 days.
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