Scotland has slashed its carbon dioxide emissions by 45.8% from 1990, smashing through its 2020 target of 42% six years early.

The latest figures show that emissions fell by 12.5% year-on-year in 2014 to 41.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent.

Scottish Environmental Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The reduction in residential emissions in 2014 may have been due to people turning down their heating.

“This underlines that small individual actions, if repeated on a large scale, can have a big impact in tackling climate change.”

New target

She added: “We will continue to rise to the challenge and the First Minister has already confirmed that the Scottish Government plans to establish a new and more testing 2020 target.

“We are not complacent and we will continue to take action and encourage others to do their bit to tackle climate change.”

The Scottish Government said Scotland was one of the leading countries in Western Europe for reducing emissions.

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