The carbon footprint of homes across Scotland has fallen by a quarter over the last eight years, according to new analysis by WWF Scotland. The environmental NGO said the growth of renewables, improvements in energy efficiency in housing and more environmentally friendly government policies have all helped drive down greenhouse gas emissions generated by Scotland’s homes. The data shows the carbon footprint of each individual’s household energy consumption per capita fell by an average 25.3 per cent across Scotland between 2009 and 2015, with the biggest drop coming from the Highlands, where there was an average fall of 30 per cent. Renewable electricity generation in the first half of 2017 was up by 17 per cent against the same period in 2016, according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Meanwhile renewables generated 54 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2016, with 24 per cent of total UK renewable electricity based north of the border.
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