Revision to emissions methodology cuts greenhouse gas figures

Changes to the way that the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are calculated have led to figures being lowered

English woodland. Photograph: Christopher Hall/123RF
The UNFCCC advised that UK emissions figures related to forests should be reduced. Photograph: Christopher Hall/123RF

The official record of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the past three decades is to be revised downwards, BEIS has revealed.

The next edition of the national statistics on GHG emissions, updated to cover 2016, is due on 6 February, according to a note published by the department on 19 January. It will cut recorded emissions in 1990 by 0.6% to the equivalent of 794.19 million tonnes of CO2 and emissions in 2015 to 488.41MtCO2e, a 1.46% reduction, the note says. This assumes that the provisional figures are not changed before publication, it adds.

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