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Published Monday, November 27, 2017

Trends in UK greenhouse gas emissions.

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UK emissions of greenhouse gases stood at 496 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015. There was a particularly large fall in emissions in 2009, at the time of recession. There were similarly large falls in 2011 and 2014.

UK CO2 emissions fell by 41% between 1970 and 2015. 

Much of the decline in carbon emissions has come from a fall in emissions from industry and power generation, while those caused by domestic users have also declined to a lesser degree. 

Emissions of CO2e by end user in 2015 show that transport was responsible for 33% of UK emissions, followed by transport for 31% and residential sources for 26%.

 

 

Commons Briefing papers SN03950

Topics: Climate change, Energy

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