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Scotland cuts carbon emissions by 12m tonnes

Carbon emissions were cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry, the BBC has reported.

Government figures showed 11.9 million tonnes of CO2 had been displaced in 2013, up 14% on the previous year.

The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the UK government on carbon emission targets, said Scotland was making good progress.

Different figures released last month showed renewables had overtaken nuclear to become the main source of electricity in Scotland for the first time.

Wind and hydro power produced 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in the first six months of this year, government statistics showed.

Nuclear power stations generated 7.8TWh over the same period, with 5.6TWh of electricity coming from coal-fired power stations and a further 1.4TWh from gas-fired stations.

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