CO2 Emissions

Glasgow CO2 emissions (2005-15)

Total CO2 Emissions (2018)

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CO2 emissions in Glasgow, measured as kilo tonnes of CO2 per year (ktCO2/year), reduced by 32% between 2005 and 2015.

Glasgow CO2 emissions per person (2005-15)

CO2 Emissions per Capita (2018)

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CO2 emissions per person in Glasgow, measured as tonnes of CO2 per person per year, reduced by 36% between 2005 and 2015.  Based on this measure, in 2015, there were 4.6 tonnes of CO2 produced per person in Glasgow.

Glasgow CO2 emissions by sector, 2005 - 2015

CO2 Emissions by Sector (2018)

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In the period 2005-2015, CO2 emissions (measured as ktCO2/year) from all sectors reduced in Glasgow, with the largest reduction being in industrial and commercial consumption (41%), followed by the domestic sector (37%).  The lowest reduction was in the transport sector (9%).

In 2015, 38% of Glasgow's CO2 emissions came from the industrial and commercial sector, 32% were from the domestic sector and 30% were from the transport sector.  As CO2 emissions have reduced, the contribution due to transport has risen because the fall in transport emissions has been lower in relation to the other two sectors.

CO2 emissions by source (no graph)
In 2014, electricity was the predominant source of CO2 emissions in Glasgow, accounting for 39% of total CO2 emissions.  Gas and petroleum are also important sources of CO2 emissions, accounting for 30% and 31%, respectively, of all CO2 emissions.  


CO2 emissions are measured as kilo tonnes of CO2 per year (ktCO2/year). 

The data presented were sourced from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (see, which 
became part of Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in July 2016.

Glasgow was part of the STEP UP Project (Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning).  This project brought together experts on energy planning from Ghent, Gothenburg, Riga and Glasgow working together with their local authority, industrial and research partners. The project was EU funded and ran from autumn 2012 to spring 2015.

The STEP UP project has concluded, but the website is still available as an information source:  

Useful links:

Glasgow's Energy and Carbon Masterplan  

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