31st March 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Carbon emissions in the UK have decreased by 41% since 1990, according to new government data.

UK emissions have decreased by 41% over the last thirty years, with the UK’s migration to cleaner energy sources a contributing factor. The UK has gradually moved away from carbon heavy power generation such as coal, instead investing in renewables such as wind and solar.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy disclosed these figures in a recent report which compared last years emissions to those in 1990.

The report also showed that emissions in 2019 were provisionally 3.6% lower than they were in 2018.

A drop in overall electricity demand helped to reduce national emissions, with more efficient technology playing its part. In addition to this, energy intensive industries also saw reduced activity, with sectors such as steel production being outsourced to other countries.

The transportation sector accounts for 34% of UK emissions, while energy supply and the residential sector contributes 26% and 19%, respectively, and Business 18%.

Figures also showed that inland energy consumption has fallen by 12% since 1990, this can be adjusted to 14% if the impact of temperature is accounted for.

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