Carbon figures for local areas released

Climate change statistics for each part of the UK, showing an encouraging overall reduction in emission levels, have been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Posted on 28 September 2009

Climate change statistics for each part of the UK, showing an encouraging overall reduction in emission levels, have been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The statistics, which are collected annually, have been calculated to show the impact of the energy used by businesses, homes and road transport in each local authority area throughout the UK.

This latest set of figures details emission levels from 2005 to 2007. The figures show that:

  • The UK has reduced its emissions by 21% since 1990.
  • CO2 levels dropped 2% between 2005 and 2007.
  • Emissions have fallen in 335 out of 434 local authorities.

The statistics show that the North West region as a whole is the UK’s second largest emitter of CO2 at 61 million tonnes, behind the South East at 65 million tonnes. When calculated per capita this equates to 8.9 tonnes per person, putting the North West behind the North East (12.5), Wales (11.1), Yorkshire and Humberside (9.9) and Northern Ireland (9.3), and level with the East Midlands.

However the figures also show that the region’s emissions are falling, the total CO2 figure dropped by 1 million tonnes between 2005 and 2007, reducing the per capita emissions from 9.1 to 8.9.   

David Kidney, Energy and Climate Change Minister, 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."

For more information and to access the statistics, click here.

http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=406756&SubjectId=2

Posted under General Interest on 28 September 2009