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08 Sep 2010 12:09:04

Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions down 21%

Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions down 21%
Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 21 percent in the past decade, according to government statistics.

Figures for 2008 reveal that the emissions dropped by more than a fifth since 1990 when missions trading within the European Union was taken into account.

However, emissions from transport actually rose by seven percent.

The nation is now half way to its goal of slashing emissions by 42 percent by 2020.

Ultimately, Scotland is aiming to cut carbon emissions by a massive 80 percent by 2050.

Climate change minister Stewart Stevenson said: "These figures demonstrate the excellent progress we are making towards achieving our world-leading climate change targets."

He added that Scotland's energy sector has played a valuable role in cutting carbon emissions, with nearly a quarter of the country's electricity demand being met by renewable in 2008.

Last week, Professor Robert Watson, the government's chief environment scientist, said that the UK needs to be more open about carbon emission cuts, suggesting that if emissions "embedded" in imported goods are taken into consideration, UK emissions are actually increasing.

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