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04 January 2018

NEW ANALYSIS: RENEWABLES HELPING TO CUT HOMES’ CARBON FOOTPRINT ACROSS ALL OF SCOTLAND

NEW ANALYSIS: RENEWABLES HELPING TO CUT HOMES’ CARBON FOOTPRINT ACROSS ALL OF SCOTLAND

New analysis from WWF Scotland published today (Thursday 4 Jan) maps out how the carbon footprint of homes across Scotland has fallen since the Scottish Climate Change Act was passed in 2009. [1]

The climate change footprint of each individual’s household energy consumption has been cut by an average of 25% across Scotland, thanks to the growth of renewables, more efficient homes and appliances, and governments’ climate change policies.

The charity’s analysis shows how the ‘climate damage’ caused by people using electricity, gas and other fuels to power and heat their homes has fallen rapidly since the first Climate Change Act was passed.

Since then Scotland’s electricity supply has decarbonised significantly, with renewables now providing over half of Scotland’s electricity generation. There have also been improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings, driven by government programmes, and more efficient appliances, driven by EU regulations.

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland said,

“The Scottish Parliament’s first Climate Change Act put us at the forefront of a global energy transition. These figures show that individuals across Scotland and governments at every level have played a part in cutting the climate damage of our home energy usage. When it comes to cutting our emissions, and protecting ourselves, the places and nature we hold dear from the worst effects of climate change, we all need to continue to do our bit.

“This analysis shows Scotland’s low-carbon transition is working, but we must step up our efforts. A new Climate Change Bill this year is an opportunity to double down on our commitments to make our homes more energy efficient, to increase the use of renewables to heat homes, and put Scotland on the path to a zero-carbon future.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] This table shows how per capita (per person per year) domestic emissions (from household use of electricity, gas and other fuels) have fallen between 2009 (when Scotland passed its first Climate Change Act) and 2015 (the most recent figures).

The analysis was undertaken by WWF Scotland using official statistics from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The official statistics are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-local-authority-and-regional-carbon-dioxide-emissions-national-statistics-2005-2015

 

Local authority area

2009 per capita domestic Emissions (t)

2015 per capita domestic Emissions (t)

per capita % domestic emission reduction 2009-2015

Aberdeen City

2.39

1.76

26.4%

Aberdeenshire

2.93

2.15

26.7%

Angus

2.63

1.96

25.6%

Argyll and Bute

3.12

2.28

27.1%

Clackmannanshire

2.33

1.80

22.5%

Dumfries & Galloway

2.80

2.11

24.7%

Dundee City

2.31

1.65

28.5%

East Ayrshire

2.32

1.79

22.8%

East Dunbartonshire

2.50

1.95

22.1%

East Lothian

2.38

1.80

24.4%

East Renfrewshire

2.49

1.93

22.4%

City of Edinburgh

2.24

1.65

26.7%

Eilean Siar

3.73

2.71

27.5%

Falkirk

2.35

1.81

22.8%

Fife

2.42

1.88

22.2%

Glasgow City

2.05

1.47

28.2%

Highland

3.27

2.28

30.3%

Inverclyde

2.29

1.77

22.4%

Midlothian

2.24

1.71

23.6%

Moray

2.64

1.97

25.2%

North Ayrshire

2.33

1.78

23.6%

North Lanarkshire

2.20

1.72

22.1%

Orkney Islands

3.50

2.46

29.8%

Perth and Kinross

2.87

2.05

28.7%

Renfrewshire

2.26

1.71

24.2%

Scottish Borders

2.95

2.23

24.4%

Shetland Islands

3.33

2.35

29.3%

South Ayrshire

2.55

1.96

23.1%

South Lanarkshire

2.46

1.89

23.1%

Stirling

2.59

1.91

26.3%

West Dunbartonshire

2.14

1.64

23.4%

West Lothian

2.23

1.75

21.6%

Scotland Total

2.46

1.84

25.3%

 

  1. The Scottish Government has said it will bring forward a new Climate Change Bill in 2018. WWF Scotland is part of a civic coalition, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, that is calling for the new Bill to deliver:
  • A target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030
  • Future Scottish budgets that are consistent with the country’s climate targets
  • A commitment to actions that cut emissions and deliver a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous Scotland by: Making all homes efficient and warm: Ensure that all homes have at least Energy Performance Rating ‘C’ by 2025.

Driving cleaner transport: phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to reduce emissions, clean up air pollution and improve the nation’s health.

Growing greener farming: Set a nitrogen budget for Scotland by 2020.

 

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