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Scotland’s carbon metric impact

Scotland’s waste has an impact of 12.9 MtCO2eq in 2012, which is equivalent to 17% of Scotland’s overall consumption impacts.

In 2011, the carbon impact of Scotland’s waste was 14.8 MtCO2eq. We saved 2 MtCO2eq from recycling our waste in 2011. However, 1MtCO2eq was emitted from Scottish waste landfilled. By 2025, if our current waste policies are implemented, we can reduce the carbon impact of waste by a further 22% or 3.3 MtCO2eq.

The datasheets show the headline carbon impacts from waste in Scotland in 2011 and a more detailed breakdown by sector and waste type. More details are also given on the scenarios and savings expected to be achieved by 2025.

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