30 Mar '12, 9pm

Cleaner, greener power cuts UK carbon emissions 7%

Cleaner, greener power cuts UK carbon emissions 7%

U.K. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 7 percent last year as warmer temperatures slashed demand for gas and nuclear and renewable energy increased, government data revealed this week. The country emitted a total of 549 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent of the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol, down from 590MTCO2e in 2010. Carbon dioxide, which makes up around 84 percent of U.K. emissions, fell eight percent year on year to 456MT. This decline was accompanied by a rise in renewable energy production to make up a record 9.5 percent of the U.K.'s total energy mix, compared to 7.5 percent the previous year, while nuclear increased by three percentage points to make up 19 percent. Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey said the results showed "more evidence of how the U.K. is leading the way in the fight against climate change". "Carbon emissions a...

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