The Scottish Government announced on 11 June that the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 fixed annual target for 2017 of 43.946 MtCO2e has been missed.
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 targets are based on EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) adjusted emissions. Adjusted emissions count Scottish ETS allowances as contributing toward Scottish emissions irrespective of whether they are used by Scottish participants in the ETS to offset their emissions, or sold and used by emitters in other participating countries. Although adjusted emissions increased in 2017, source emissions did fall.
Responding to the announcement, Caroline Rance from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said: “Today’s climate target result shows that Scotland needs to do more on climate change. Emissions from transport, including road traffic and flying, actually went up in 2017.”