Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 16 per cent since 1990, according to figures announced today. Net emissions of the main greenhouse gas - carbon dioxide - have fallen by 14 per cent since 1990, more than any other part of the UK and 14 of the 15 EU member states.

The greenhouse gas inventory for Scotland shows a steady decline in the emissions which contribute to climate change. During this period, the EU had an overall increase in emissions.

Speaking from the Climate Group Event at the UN Climate Change talks in Nairobi, Kenya, Environment Minister Ross Finnie said: "Scotland takes climate change seriously. Our global contribution to greenhouse gas emissions may be small but the effect of climate change on developing countries, including many in Africa, could be catastrophic.

"Small countries, states and regions have an important role in building momentum towards a concerted international response. That is why I am delighted that today's figures demonstrate that Scotland is taking the lead in tackling climate change.

"In Nairobi this week I will seek to build on the action we are taking internationally and I hope that Scotland's achievements and actions may inspire others to recognise that by working together we can make a difference."

The Scottish Environment Minister is at an event in Nairobi to coincide with the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. All Scotland's local authorities are expected to commit to a common statement of intent to respond to the challenge of climate change. The Minister addressed a meeting of representatives of international States and Regions and outlined Scotland's position in tackling climate change.