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Transport emissions on the rise

Published 11 June 2019 by Transform Scotland

The Scottish Government has today announced that the adjusted emissions for 2017 show that Scotland has disappointingly missed it’s emission reduction targets. A further 2.2% rise in Transport emissions, primarily from car use and aviation were key to the rise in total emissions.

The report shows that in 2017 road transport alone was the largest source of emissions in Scotland, rising 11.1% since 1990. Aviation was the other clear problem in today’s figures with a 6.8% rise in emissions between 2016 and 2017, and a 181% rise since 1990.

The 2.2% rise in transport emissions between 2016-2017 means transport now accounts for 37% of Scotland’s total emissions, significantly higher than any other sector.

On this Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said:

“It is desperate news that Scottish transport climate emissions have again increased. This is not accidental: it is a direct result of the Scottish Government prioritising road-building ahead of sustainable transport, notably £6 billion for A9 & A96 roads that could instead be spent on tackling the climate emergency.”

The full report on Scotland’s emissions in 2017 is available from the Scottish Government website.