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Latest UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Latest UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions

These are the latest greenhouse gas emissions as of 2015.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released the greenhouse gas emissions for 2010 during February 2012. In 2010, UK emissions of the basket of six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated to be 590.4 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This was 3.1% higher than the 2009 figure of 572.5 million tonnes.

Between 2009 and 2010 the largest increases were experienced in the residential sector, up 15.% (11.8 MtCO2e), and the energy supply sector, up by 2.8% (5.6 MtCO2e). Emissions from all other sectors were relatively stable, compared to 2009 levels. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for about 84% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2010. In 2010, UK net emissions of carbon dioxide were estimated to be 495.8 million tonnes (Mt). This was around 3.8% higher than the 2009 figure of 477.8 Mt. There were notable increases in emissions from the residential sector, up by 15.8% (11.8 Mt), and from the energy supply sector, up 3.1% (5.8 Mt). Again, emissions from all other sectors were relatively unchanged from 2009. The overall increase in emissions has primarily resulted from a rise in residential gas use, combined with fuel switching away from nuclear power to coal and gas for electricity generation.

In 2010, these factors mainly affected emissions of carbon dioxide, rather than other gases, and since CO2 makes the largest contribution to the UK total, any change in CO2 emissions is likely to drive a similar change in total emissions. All the sector breakdowns included in this statistical release are based on the source of the emissions, as opposed to where the end-user activity occurred. Emissions related to electricity generation are therefore attributed to power stations, the source of these emissions, rather than homes and businesses where electricity is used.

Figures released in February 2012 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for greenhouse gas emissions for 2010.

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