We Seem to be Doing Our Bit on Reducing Greenhouse Gases

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK government has somehow counted up all of the greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2016, and, well, we seem to be well on the way to saving the world by spewing less stuff out into the sky. Well done us and our better ways.

The data says that in 2016 we, as in UK businesses and cars and homes and industry, put out five per cent less in total greenhouse gas emissions than we did in 2015. That's quite good news, although that period saw the closure of the Redcar steel plant, which is said to have contributed to the fall in the industrial part of the greenhouse gas output figures.

A move away from coal-fired power also helped lower our carbon spew, although the country's drop in output would've been far higher had the transport sector done its bit. Emissions from cars actually rose by around two per cent between 2015 and 2016, making transport the highest-polluting part of the economy, now responsible for 26 per cent of all greenhouse gases, ahead of the 25 per cent contributed by the energy sector. [GOV via Business Green]

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