Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed news that Scotland has made “good progress” on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Committee on Climate Change(CCC) has revealed that emissions in Scotland fell by 9.9 per cent in 2011. This compares with an overall UK drop of 6.9 per cent. Scotland narrowly missed the legislated annual target of 53.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. However, the CCC revealed this was due to a change in the way estimated emissions were calculated. There were drops of more than 20 per cent in the power and residential sectors and a 15 per cent reduction in emissions in the public sector. Previous statistics showed that greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s power stations decreased from 18.848m to 12.147m tonnes between 2006-2011.
Mr Dey commented: “According to the Committee on Climate Change, Scotland made good progress during 2011 and I think, certainly set against the performance in the rest of the UK, that is a fair assessment. However, there is no doubt that meeting our world leading emissions targets will become increasingly challenging as we move forward. Not only do we need to remain focussed on generating clean, green energy if we are to get there. In behavioural terms we need to see a culture change right across society, with everyone playing their part.”