Scotland halfway to reaching 2020 climate change target

Scotland has reached the halfway point in achieving its 2020 Climate Change Act target of 42 per cent.

Taking emissions trading into account, Scotland's emissions have fallen by 21.2 per cent from 1990.

The figures show a 3 per cent reduction between 2007 and 2008 with total emissions falling from 57.8 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2e) in 2007 to 56.1 million (Mt CO2e), in 2008.

Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said: "Our energy sector is playing a leading role in the drive to reduce emissions with nearly a quarter of Scotland's electricity demand met by renewables during 2008."

"Everyone from Government, business, industry and individuals will need to play their part to ensure we deliver a low carbon Scotland and meet our ambitious climate targets. We recognise the challenge presented by rising transport emissions which is why we are investing record levels building new rail lines, improving the bus network and rolling out new cycle and walking paths across Scotland."

Further information:
Scottish Government