UK carbon emissions down in 2016

The UK’s carbon emissions fell by 7% in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to official government data published today.

Provisional figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) also revealed that total greenhouse gas emissions were 6% lower in 2016 than 2015. Between 1990 and 2016, there has been a 42% drop in GHGs, while CO2 emissions fell by 37% over the same timeframe. 

However, when the data was adjusted to take actual temperatures into account, GHGs in 2016 were higher than in 2015, as 2016 was 0.4°C warmer than the ...

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