Mar 30th 2012
2011 UK greenhouse gas emissions decline 7%
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published provisional estimates for 2011 UK greenhouse gas emissions on Thursday 29 March. Final estimates of 2010 emissions by fuel type and end-user were also published alongside the 2011 data. UK emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were provisionally estimated to be 549.3mn tCO2e--7% lower than the 2010 level of 590.4mn tCO2. Carbon emissions have provisionally been estimated to be 456.3mn t-8% lower than the 2010 final level of 496.8mn t. Carbon emissions in 2011 decreased 22% in the residential sector, 6.1% in the energy supply sector, and 8% from the business sector compared to 2010.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey commented that the publications were "more evidence of how the UK is leading the way in the fight against climate change." Davey said that, as a result of the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme and the government's reforms to the electricity market, he hopes to see emissions continue to reduce and gather pace.
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