UK greenhouse-gases fall 2.4% in 2013

3rd February 2015


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Greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs) in the UK were 2.4% lower in 2013 than in 2012, according to government statistics published today.

The largest fall in emissions in 2013 was in the energy sector. Its emitted 6.8% (13.8 MtCO2e) less GHGs in 2013 compared with 2012, the energy and climate department (Decc) reports.

The reduction in the energy sector was largely due to a change in the fuel mix at power stations for electricity generation, with less coal and gas being used. Total fuel used for electricity generation has also decreased, Decc says. It reports that GHGs from power stations accounted for just over a quarter (147.9 MtCO2e) of the UK’s total emissions in 2013..

The waste management sector al saw it emissions fall significantly in 2013. Its emissions were down by 14.1% (3.7 MtCO2e) due to a reduction in emissions from landfill waste, says Decc.

Carbon dioxide emissions were 1.8% lower in 2013 than the previous year, but were still the predominant GHG, accounting for 82% of all UK emissions.

The statistics take into account methodological changes in accounting for GHGs and new data published last month.

Further statistics on the UK’s progress against its emissions reduction targets will be published once details are finalised, Decc added.


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