UK emissions fall belies slippage in some sectors

The latest quarterly assessment of annual UK greenhouse gas emissions data shows a significant fall, due largely to milder weather and changes in the power sector. But there was slippage elsewhere

Provisional UK greenhouse gas emissions statistics for the year up to the third quarter of 2014 released on 15 January suggest a fall of 1.6%, 8.5 million tonnes CO2 equivalent, compared with the year up to the second quarter.

The latest temperature-adjusted estimate of 548.9 MtCO2e was 1.2% lower than the four previous quarters, but higher than the unadjusted emissions figure of 532.2MTCO2e. DECC notes “this reflects the fact that, on the whole, temperatures over the last four quarters were higher than the long term average”.

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