Greenhouse gases: UK emissions fall five per cent, but progress on transport stuck in slow lane. UK greenhouse gases fell five cent in 2016, thanks in large part to the drop off in coal-fired power generation, according to the latest official statistical release from the government today. The rapid decarbonisation of the UK power sector has pushed transport ahead of energy as the single largest emitting sector across the economy for the first time, the data also confirmed. It means that, for the first time, transport is now the highest emitting sector of the economy, responsible for around 26 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gases, with the energy sector just behind on 25 per cent. The main source of emissions in the transport sector was the use of petrol and diesel in road vehicles, particularly in passenger cars, according to the data.
Business Green 6th Feb 2018 read more »
Transport becomes most polluting UK sector as greenhouse gas emissions drop overall. ‘It is alarming that the Government is tearing up our communities and our precious environment for road building projects that will fail on their own terms, by actually increasing congestion and the number of cars on our roads, and continue driving climate-destructive emissions – at a huge cost to taxpayers’.
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