Different perspectives on city-level emissions: an illustration for Glasgow, Scotland

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In line with national targets, sub-national governments – including cities – are introducing targets to reduce emissions. Cities are important drivers of not only emissions but also economic activity and are embedded into complex economic systems which reach beyond their boundaries, which can raise major issues in identifying whether a city is assisting in promoting sustainability across a wider spatial level. This paper set out a methodology to downscale global Input Output tables to city-level and use these to calculate production- (territorial) and consumption-based carbon accounts at the city level. Illustrating this for the case of Glasgow, Scotland, we show that territorial emissions are significantly lower than its consumption-based carbon footprint (considering both the Areal and Personal Carbon Footprint). Our results highlight the importance of data quality and accuracy, and the benefits of local knowledge, rather than the unquestioned use of national metrics.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2022
Event9th Hispanic-American Conference on Input-Output Analysis - Portugal, Aveiro
Duration: 21 Sep 202223 Sep 2022


Conference9th Hispanic-American Conference on Input-Output Analysis


  • cities
  • carbon emissions reduction
  • input-output analysis
  • global emissions
  • Glasgow
  • Scotland


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