The figure, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 784 million tonnes, is six percent less than 2015. The drop is due to largely due to lower emissions in China and the rest of the world, says DEFRA.
The UK’s 2016 footprint is 21.3% lower than the 2007’s record level, which was just short of a billion tonnes. Emissions associated with Chinese imports also peaked that year, although they were still almost three times higher in 2016 than in 1997, when the government began collecting the data. The estimated figure for embedded carbon for 2016 is estimated at 355mtCO2e.