Scotland has missed its target for slashing greenhouse gas emissions for the third year in a row, new statistics reveal.
The latest data published by the Scottish Government shows Scotland missed its legally-binding emissions targets by 2.4 million tonnes equivalent of CO2 in 2012.
The emissions target for 2012 was to trim emissions of six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, to 53.226 million tonnes. However the nation emitted 55.6 million tonnes and failed to hit its target.
The figure represents a 0.8% rise in the past year, in contrast with an overall drop of nearly 30% from the 1990 baseline level.
Despite the rise, Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse claims the nation is on track to meet its ambitious target of a 42% reduction by 2020.
He unveiled a package of new measures to ensure the 2020 target is met, including plans to establish a cabinet sub-committee on climate change to keep the issue high on the political agenda.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “We remain on track to deliver the emissions reductions necessary to keep us on the right path towards meeting our long term target of 80% emissions reduction by 2050.”
He also claimed Scotland’s emissions have fallen much faster than the UK’s as a whole, which have dropped by only 23.7% since 1990.