Greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland have risen but the statutory target for 2015 has been met, according to the latest figures. They show emissions in 2015 were 41% below the levels for 1990, a benchmark against which targets are set. Last year saw a record reduction of 45.8% which not only met the annual target but exceeded a medium-term aim to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. It means total emissions since 2014 are 1.8% higher.
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Emissions of greenhouse gases in Scotland rose in 2015 but the annual climate target has been met, according to the latest official figures. A new report from the Scottish Government shows emissions in 2015 fell by 41 per cent compared to baseline levels in 1990, but rose by 1.8 per cent since the previous year. The increase has been attributed to a rise in emissions from road traffic, tree felling and households using extra fuel during a cold winter. Total emissions, adjusted to account for the EU carbon trading scheme, were 45.504 MtCO2e (million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). The 2015 fixed annual target was 45.958 MtCO2e. It’s the second time in a row that Scotland has hit its annual target, after failing for four consecutive years. There was a record drop in emissions of 45.8 per cent in 20 14, which surpassed an interim goal for a 42 per cent reduction by 2020. The biggest fall in emissions in 2015 was in the energy supply sector, which reported a 12 per cent cut. This is largely due to a major phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Environmental campaigners have welcomed the figures but say action must be stepped up. “A new Climate Change Bill is an opportunity for Scotland to put itself at the forefront of global action on climate change and reap the economic and social benefits of the clean energy revolution,” said Tom Ballantine, chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. “Committing to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 would fulfil both our international obligations and create a fairer, more sustainable and successful Scotland.”
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CLIMATE Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said Scotland’s status as an international leader in the field will be reinforced through new proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90 per cent by 2050. She told MSPs a public consultation will shortly start on a proposed Climate Change Bill to raise further Scotland’s ambitions. She announced the details in the Scottish Parliament during a statement on the publication of 2015 statistics which show Scotland met its annual target for the second consecutive year, although emissions actually rose. Cunningham also said the Scottish Government will set up an expert advisory group to help with the finalisation of the draft Climate Change Plan before publication in early 2018 and help communities reduce carbon emissions in their areas by reopening the Climate Challenge Fund for 2018-19 applications.
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Lerwick Power Station is set to close by 2021, with the loss of about 20 jobs. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is proposing to contract the National Grid to lay a cable from Caithness to Shetland to provide electricity for the islands. This is instead of building a new power station. Diesel generators would be installed as back-up. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said the plan was bad news. Energy regulator Ofgem is to consult the community during the summer. Lib Dem MSP Mr Scott said: “This is a disastrous policy for Shetland and we must not accept this very bad decision. “Our future energy needs will be dependent on a seabed cable. What happens when that breaks? We will then be reliant on a diesel generator. So much for security of supply.” Dale Cargill, SSEN’s director of customer operations, said: “We are pleased to have reached t his important milestone in securing the future of Shetland’s electricity supply. “Working closely with the energy regulator Ofgem, our priority throughout the tender process has been to find the optimum solution in terms of economics, efficiency and reliability to meet Shetland’s long-term electricity needs.”
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