Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2015 progress report

This is our fourth report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emission reduction targets, as requested by Scottish Ministers under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The Scottish Act set a long-term target to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 80% in 2050 relative to 1990, with an interim target to reduce emissions by 42% in 2020 relative to 1990. Secondary legislation passed in October 2010 and October 2011 also set a series of annual emission reduction targets for 2010 to 2022 and 2023 – 2027 respectively.

In this report we assess latest emission trends across the economy and for energy supply; homes and communities; business and the public sector; transport; agriculture; rural land use and forestry and waste.

The report concludes that Scotland missed its legislated 2012 target of 53.226 MtCO2e by around 2.8 MtCO2e (4.5%). The recent improvements to the method of calculating estimated emissions (Scottish greenhouse gas inventory) have had a major impact and without these changes it is likely Scotland would have met its 2012 target.

The Committee suggests that the Scottish Government should continue to investigate additional opportunities to reduce emissions that go beyond current policies. The Committee proposes to agree a process and timeline with the Scottish Government to advise on the implications of improved inventory data that is expected later in 2015 and again in 2017.

Full report – Reducing emissions in Scotland 2015 progress report

Response from Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform


We published our 2015 report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emission reduction targets in March 2015. To gather evidence for the report, we held evidence sessions with stakeholders during our Edinburgh Committee meeting in January 2015. We also provided stakeholders with the opportunity to submit written evidence.

Written evidence received: