Anthony Browne Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment – As the row about a new coal mine lumbers on, we should ask ourselves: just how bad is the UK’s record on climate change? Whenever I speak to environment groups, I am told our record is a disgrace. This is a debate of global importance as the UK takes up the presidency of COP26, the world climate summit to be held in Glasgow in November. If the UK really does have a bad record, it would be in a weak position to get other countries to do their fair share. The truth is the opposite of what green groups claim: the UK has one of the best records in the world. We have the greatest decline in greenhouse emissions of any G7 country, our emissions per capita are less than China’s and one third that of the US, and are now back to the level they were in the mid-19th century. In 2019, according to Our World in Data, the UK emitted 5.48 tonnes of CO2 per person, not just less than the EU average of 6.41 tonnes, but less than oft-praised Germany (8.4), hydropowered Norway (7.89) and wind-powered Denmark (5.56).
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