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Climate change and energy

As climate change and renewable energy move to the top of the national policy agenda, we are at the forefront. Emissions and renewable capacity indicators measure our progress towards these goals.

Why is it important?

As climate change and environmental sustainability move to the top of the national policy agenda, Perth and Kinross are at the forefront. We have signed Scotland's Climate Change Declaration. The Declaration includes commitments both to mitigate our impact on climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to predicted climate change impacts. We are also participating in a Carbon Management Programme. Run by the Carbon Trust this programme aims to provide guidance and technical support to help local authorities gain carbon emissions savings.

Renewable energies are playing an important role in developing low carbon communities and economy. Perth and Kinross has the second highest installed capacity for renewable energy in Scotland and the UK.

How are we doing?

Mapping at a glance

View an interactive map that allows you to see, at a glance, information about the Perth and Kinross environment and community, including information on how clean our air is, what areas are susceptible to flooding and how many of us are able to easily catch a bus from our homes.  View the maps to:

  • see how our areas and local authority is performing against key indicators and national trends
  • look at trends over time
  • print or download graphs, tables and maps for your own use 

Indicators at a glance

Indicator MeasuresHow are we doing?Trend*
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (PDF) [300KB]

In 2019, an estimated 6.3 tonnes of CO2 per capita were emitted in Perth and Kinross, representing a 42% reduction on the 2005 baseline whilst remaining above the 2019 average for Scotland (5.7 tonnes).  Across Perth and Kinross, transport sources were responsible for 47% of the total CO2 emissions - with emissions from: domestic (29%), industry (13%), commercial (8%) and public sector (3%).

Spectrum Bar - Moderately Good Improving
Energy Consumption (PDF) [331KB] In 2019, 331 GWh of domestic electricity was consumed, representing a 20% reduction on the 2006 baseline. 724 GWh of domestic gas was consumed (10% reduction on 2006 baseline).
Spectrum Bar - Moderately Poor Improving
Renewables (Installed Capacity) (PDF) [109KB] Perth and Kinross has 3.15% of the nations installed microgeneration capacity, the second highest in Scotland and the UK.
Spectrum Bar - Good Improving

*direction of the trend is relative to known performance targets.

Last modified on 19 July 2023

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