UK greenhouse gas intensity down by two-thirds since 1990

Provisional data on the UK’s greenhouse gas intensity shows a drop of two-thirds between 1990 and 2018, making it the fifth best performing European country.

The data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), records a steady decrease in emissions intensity, which measures the level of emissions against the value of goods and services produced by the UK economy. 

The trend “may indicate the UK is moving towards a greener and more sustainable economy”, the ONS notes, although “may also reflect changes to the structure of the economy, for example, a change from manufacturing to services”. 

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