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What is the carbon metric?

The Carbon Metric is a powerful tool to fight climate change.

In the Carbon Metric, Scotland has developed a ground-breaking tool in the fight against global climate change. The Scottish Carbon Metric measures the whole-life carbon impacts of Scotland’s waste, from resource extraction and manufacturing emissions, right through to waste management emissions, regardless of where in the world these impacts occur. After all, climate change is a global problem.

The Carbon Metric shows how reducing our waste, and managing what waste remains in a more sustainable way, is critical to the global fight against climate change. 

The Carbon Metric quantifies the complete lifecycle impacts of more than 30 different common waste materials, providing policy makers and business leaders with an alternative to weight-based waste measurement, and allowing them to identify and focus specifically on those waste materials with the highest carbon impacts and greatest potential carbon savings. Scotland’s 33% per capita food waste reduction target is an example of a policy informed by the Carbon Metric.

As Scotland continues to transition towards a more circular economy, the Carbon Metric is helping to measure our progress, proving that sustainable waste and resource policy can deliver major emissions savings across all economic sectors. 

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