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Publication - Report

Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2015

Published: 31 Oct 2017
Part of:
Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781788512534

This is a report required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. It provides detail on the annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

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Contents
Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2015
Part 1 - Annual and Domestic Effort Targets

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Part 1 - Annual and Domestic Effort Targets

Requirements of the Act

Section 33 of the Act requires that:

  • The Scottish Ministers must lay before the Scottish Parliament a report in respect of each year in the period 2010-2050 for which an annual target has been set (a "target year") (subsection (1)). The report under this section must be laid before the Parliament no later than 31 October in the second year after the target year (subsection (7)).
  • The report must state whether the annual target for the target year has been met (subsection (2)).
  • If the annual target has not been met, the report must explain why (subsection (3)).
  • The report must also state whether the domestic effort target has been met in the target year to which the report relates (subsection (4)).
  • If the domestic effort target has not been met, the report must explain why (subsection (5)).
  • The report must contain information mentioned in section 34 of the Act (subsection (6)). This is covered in parts 2, 3 and 4 of this report.

Annual target

The annual target for 2015 was met

Achievement of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions annual targets is measured against the level of the net Scottish emissions account ( NSEA). The NSEA accounts for the greenhouse gas emissions from sources in Scotland, Scotland's share of emissions from international aviation and international shipping, the effect of any relevant emissions sequestration (e.g. "carbon sinks" such as woodland) and the effect of the sale and purchase of relevant carbon units (tradable emissions allowances). Part 3 of this report contains information on the NSEA, including the total amount of carbon units that have been credited to or debited from the NSEA.

In 2015, the amount of the NSEA was 45,504,443 tCO 2e. The fixed annual target for 2015 is to reduce emissions to 45,928,000 tCO 2e [8] . This means that the fixed annual target for 2015 was met by 423,557 tCO 2e.

Table 1: Margin between the annual emissions target and the net Scottish Emissions Account ( NSEA) in 2015 ( tCO 2e)

Annual target (A)

45,928,000

Net Scottish Emissions Account (B)

45,504,443

Margin by which target is met (+) or missed (-) (A - B)

+423,557

Domestic Effort Target

The domestic effort target for 2015 was met

Section 8 of the Act places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to ensure that reductions in net Scottish emissions of greenhouse gases account for at least 80 per cent of the reduction in the net Scottish emissions account in any target year - the "domestic effort target". For the specific purpose of ascertaining whether this target has been met, the Act stipulates that the use of carbon units through the operation of the EU ETS is treated as though it is a reduction in "net Scottish emissions".

Table 5 in Part 3 of this report shows the change in net Scottish emissions (including the operation of the EU ETS) between 2014 and 2015 as a proportion of the change in the NSEA between 2014 and 2015. It shows that 100 per cent of the change in the NSEA is accounted for by changes in net Scottish emissions and, for the purposes of this report, the domestic effort target has been met.


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