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Greenhouse Gas Emissions: a data cube column

This contains the results of the Scottish Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which is the key tool for understanding the origins and magnitudes of greenhouse emissions

Measure Type
  1. Count
Reference Period
  1. 1990
  2. 1995
  3. 1998
  4. 1999
  5. 2000
  6. 2001
  7. 2002
  8. 2003
  9. 2004
  10. 2005
  11. 2006
  12. 2007
  13. 2008
  14. 2009
  15. 2010
  16. 2011
  17. 2012
  18. 2013
  19. 2014
  20. 2015
  21. 2016
  22. 2017
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries

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(ie all possible values for Reference Period dimension)
Cross section spreadsheet
(ie all possible values for measure type dimension)
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Next update due
June 2020

These are sometimes referred to as "territorial" emissions, as they are produced within a country's territory or economic sphere, although it also includes a share of emissions from international aviation and shipping attributed to Scotland. These statistics consider the emissions at the source at which they occur. These figures should be used as the key tool for understanding the origins and magnitudes of the emissions and the assessment of policies designed to control or reduce emissions. These figures are also the data source from which Scotland’s progress against its statutory Climate Change targets can be assessed, once trading in carbon units has been taken into account.

These figures are different from Scotland’s consumption based emissions, which are presented within the indicator “Scotland’s Carbon Footprint”. The greenhouse inventory is compiled in line with international guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Data are reported by source sector (such as energy supply) and by greenhouse gas (such as carbon dioxide). The inventory is also used to report data against targets as required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. For reporting agiainst targets, the source emissions are adjusted to take into account of trading in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The greenhouse gas inventory covers a wide variety of all anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore a wide variety of emissions sources which require different approaches to their estimation. There are a large number of data sources used in its compilation, obtained from Government statistics, regulatory agencies, trade associations, individual companies, surveys and censuses. The methods used to compile the greenhouse gas inventory are consistent with international guidance on national inventory reporting from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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Dimension Locked Value
Measure Type
Reference Period
Reference Area
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