UK emissions rebound in 2010

2010 saw a reversal in Britain’s downward trend in emissions in both the economy as a whole and in EU ETS sectors as the recovery began, but other factors also played a part.

Freezing weather, an unplanned shut-down of Britain’s biggest nuclear power station and faltering economic recovery have delivered a setback to the government’s carbon-cutting ambitions.

UK greenhouse gas emissions rose by 2.8% between 2009 and 2010, according to provisional figures released by the energy and climate department (DECC).1 And emissions of the most important of these gases, carbon dioxide, rose by 3.8%.

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