What is Scotland’s Carbon Footprint?

“Scotland’s Carbon Footprint” covers our countries greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis. This means greenhouse gas emissions which are associated with the spending of Scottish residents on goods and services (wherever in the world these emissions arise), together with emissions directly generated by Scottish households, through electricity use, heating and transport. These greenhouse gas emissions are often referred to as “consumption emissions” to distinguish them from estimates relating to the emissions “produced” within a country’s territory or economic sphere.

Scotland’s carbon footprint rose steadily from 1999 to a peak of 100.9 MtCO2e in 2007. The countries carbon footprint has generally fallen gradually in more recent years. The overall reduction between 2007 and 2016 is 26.9%.

Scotland’s Carbon Footprint, 1998-2016. Graph and Data from Scot Gov.

What is your individual and household’s carbon footprint?

  • The average Scottish person’s individual carbon footprint is 11.17 tCO2e.
  • Per household, it is slightly higher, around 24.64 tCO2e on average.
  • This equates to 77% of Scotland’s total carbon footprint.

Work It Out!

You can fill out this short online questionnaire with WWF to find out how big your carbon footprint is! This will help you to identify areas in which you can makes changes to start living lighter on the planet. Share your results and plans to reduce your footprint with us on social media, using the hashtag #SustainableKirrie! 

“We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

– Barack Obama, Former US President


Make Some Sustainable Swaps!

Watch this short video to get started making some sustainable swaps! We all use “things” every day and often these are single use. Once used and thrown away, we are wasting the material and energy used to make that product! Swapping to a sustainable option means you are reducing your carbon footprint.

Take a look at our wee video for some ideas ———»

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Time is short and the solutions are simple.

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