ETS emissions decline sharply

Carbon emissions covered by the EU emissions trading system (ETS) fell 4.4% in 2014, according to analysis of verified emissions reports by research company Carbon Market Data (CMD).

CDM calculates that ETS carbon emissions in 2014 totalled 1,584 tonnes. It says the 4.4% reduction since 2013 is due to the mild winter in 2014 and the growth in renewables. UK power plants experienced relatively large reductions in emissions in 2014. The Drax power station in Yorkshire, for example, saw its emissions fall 18.33% last year, while emissions from the Ratcliffe on Soar and West Burton stations declined by 16.21% and 15.42% respectively.

Meanwhile, separate analysis by the NGO Sandbag found ...

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