Pollution levels slashed
GREENHOUSE gases emitted by Scottish industry have more than halved in a decade.
According to the latest annual mass pollutant releases published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), the country’s energy is becoming more sustainable.
Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 57 per cent since 2007, when 26 megatons of pollutants were released. Last year’s total was 11 megatons. The biggest drop came in 2016, when the last coal-fired power station in Scotland, Longannet in Fife, closed. Generally most pollutants decreased in 2017 from 2016 values and most long-term trends remain downward.
Sepa chief executive Terry A’Hearn said: ‘The most successful countries in the 21st century will function within our planet’s means to support us.
‘Whilst it’s encouraging to see greenhouse gases from Scottish industry at a ten-year low, further progress needs to be made.’