Nuclear and renewables drive fall in UK emissions in 2015
UK greenhouse gas emissions dropped significantly in 2015 according to new government figures. Issued on Tuesday 7 February, the figures showed that emissions in 2015 reached 495.7MtCO2e, representing a 3.8% decline on the previous year. The fall was attributed, in part, to an increased use of nuclear power and renewables in the generation mix, as coal use decreased. Emissions in the energy supply sector were down by 12.3% (20.1MtCO2e) year-on-year. The report said that the UK was on track to meet the second carbon budget, with annual 2013-2015 emissions each below the average annual emissions level of the budget period (556.4MtCO2e).