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Greenhouse Gas Emissions: a data cube spreadsheet

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

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Reference Area Count
Countries
Scotland 41.89664965
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Dimension
Value
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
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Issued
29/07/2014
Modified
25/06/2019
Next update due
June 2020
Description

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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Confidentiality Policy

These figures are compiled in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. A restricted number of people are granted pre-release access for quality assurance and for briefing of these statistics.

Quality Management

The compilation of the inventory is governed by a rigorous quality assurance process and is subject to a great deal of third party scrutiny, such as annual reviews by the UNFCCC of the UK inventory. The Scottish Government is represented at the UK's National Inventory Steering Committee (NISC), where improvements to the Scottish and UK inventories are discussed. As part of the NISC, a major programme of work has been recently launched to review and improve the quality assurance and quality control processes within the models used in the greenhouse gas inventory. The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published tools and guidance to help people with quality assurance of analytical models.

Accuracy and Reliability

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. Most emission estimates are compiled by combining activity data (such as fuel use) with a suitable emission factor (such as amount of CO2 emitted per unit of fuel used). Estimates of emissions from the industrial sector are often compiled based on plant-specific emissions data. Emissions from some sectors are based on more complicated models - such as the model used to estimate emissions from landfill, and the model used to estimate the carbon dynamics in soils when trees are planted. Much of the data on net emissions from agriculture and related land use, land use change and forestry emissions are based on modelled data for Scotland, which are consistent with, but not constrained to, the UK totals and thus are known as "bottom up" estimates. Many of the remaining emissions sources within the inventory have been collated on a "top down" approach where estimates of emissions have been apportioned to Scotland using proportions of energy use in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Publication "Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES)". All estimates, by definition, are subject to a degree of statistical 'error' but in this context it relates to the uncertainty inherent in any process or calculation that uses sampling, estimation or modelling.

Estimates of greenhouse gases are compiled by a consortium of contractors. The source emissions are based upon a range of data sources, ranging from model based estimates to point source emission data. As a result, the estimates are subject to a degree of uncertainty. Full analyses of these uncertainties are provided on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory website.

Coherence and Comparability

The Scottish Government has published a document titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Scotland 2017: UK & EU Comparisons"

Accessibility and Clarity

The data are published on the Scottish Government website in pdf and HTML format. Pivot Tables containing the entire Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Scotland in 1990-2017 can be found here

Relevance

The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the key tool for understanding the origins and magnitudes of the emissions and the assessment of policies designed to control or reduce emissions. The 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. Further information on how to use the inventory can be found in Section A of the Official Statistics bulletin: "Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017"

Timeliness and Punctuality

The data are published every June and cover a calendar year's worth of emissions. This is just under 1.5 years after the end of the relevant calendar year; and 4 months after the publication of UK data, from which devolved administration data can be then calculated.

Revisions

Each year the whole time series is revised to incorporate improved methods and data, so that data in the current inventory cannot be compared to previous inventories. Section D of the "Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017" statistics release examines key revisions in estimated source emissions between the latest inventory (1990-2017) and the previous inventory (1990-2016) published in June 2018. It also provides a summary of the cumulative impact of revisions since the 1990-2008 inventory.

URI

This slice of multidimensional data is not a Linked Data resource in the database: it's a virtual resource (i.e. you can't query it by SPARQL). But does have a permanent unique URL which can be bookmarked.

http://statistics.gov.scot/slice?dataset=http%3A%2F%2Fstatistics.gov.scot%2Fdata%2Fgreenhouse-gas&http%3A%2F%2Fpurl.org%2Flinked-data%2Fsdmx%2F2009%2Fdimension%23refPeriod=http%3A%2F%2Freference.data.gov.uk%2Fid%2Fyear%2F2016
Dimensions Linked Data

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Dimension Locked Value
Reference Period
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refPeriod
2016
http://reference.data.gov.uk/id/year/2016
Reference Area
http://purl.org/linked-data/sdmx/2009/dimension#refArea
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Measure Type
http://purl.org/linked-data/cube#measureType
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