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CO2 emissions by region released

24 September 2009

New climate change stats revealing the carbon footprint of every single part of the UK have been published by the Department of Eenrgy and Climate Change

The statistics calculate the climate impact of the energy used by homes, businesses and road transport in each local authority area throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. They reveal that the UK has already reduced its emissions by 21% on 1990 levels and is committed to a reduction of at least 34 percent by 2020.  The UK’s overall CO2 emissions dropped by 2 percent between 2005 and 2007.
Emissions have fallen in 335 out of the 434 local authorities in the UK. The North East had the highest emissions per person at 12.5 tonnes in 2007 but had the largest reduction between 2005 and 2007. Greater London had the least CO2 emissions per person at 6 tonnes in 2007.
You can find a breakdown of the results for your own area at; http://decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_change/climate_change.aspx
Energy and Climate Change Minister, David Kidney said: “I am very encouraged by the results published today. Every community in the country is working to cut their carbon footprint. Local Authorities are at the heart of the community and as such can help in setting an example on tackling climate change through their own actions. With only 80 days left to secure a global deal at the crucial climate talks in Copenhagen, action here at home has never been more important to show the world what we can do.We are helping people and businesses to save energy, cut emissions and save money. Amongst our plans, every home will have a smart meter to monitor energy use by 2020, millions more homes will be insulated, we’ll provide incentives for businesses to go green and we’ll be targeting support to vulnerable people who need it most.”
The statistics of carbon emissions by end user 1990-2007 in million tonnes - Business   227-191; residential 156-142; transport 141-153; other (including industrial processes, exports and public sector 69-57.
Ways of helping businesses to make a contribution to cutting 10% in 2010 include the Carbon Reduction Commitment will come in to force in 2010 affecting around 5,000 businesses – including all government departments. It will not only deliver massive carbon savings but businesses taking action will also benefit from lower fuel bills and will yield a benefit to businesses of around £1billion. Interest free loans of up to £400,000 are currently available from the Carbon Trust for small and medium size businesses to improve on energy efficiency.


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