Emissions from Scotland’s power stations are falling

In a written reply to a parliamentary question from Rob Gibson, MSP, the Scottish Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse revealed the total carbon emissions from Scotland’s power stations between 2006 and 2011.

Paul Wheelhouse wrote:  Between 2006 and 2011, the greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s power stations were as follows: (all values in million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent):

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
18.848 15.607 14.302 13.368 15.827 12.147

2010 was a very cold winter and the effect on carbon emissions is noticeable. The data does not cover more recent years but as the coal fired power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian closed in 2013 and as an increasing proportion of Scotland’s electricity is generated from wind power, emissions are likely to have fallen further.

Source: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S4W-19729&ResultsPerPage=10