South East is biggest CO2 emitter

The carbon dioxide emissions of every area in the UK were released yesterday. The annual statistics are for 2008 and mainly detail the emissions attributable to homes, businesses and road […]

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The carbon dioxide emissions of every area in the UK were released yesterday.

The annual statistics are for 2008 and mainly detail the emissions attributable to homes, businesses and road transport in each local authority area in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The South East of England was the region that emitted the most carbon dioxide, at 64m tonnes. Northern Ireland produced the least, at 16m tonnes.

The North East of England emitted the most carbon dioxide per person, at 12.2 tonnes, and Greater London the least at six tonnes.

Overall, 44% of end-user emissions assigned to local authority areas were from the industrial and commercial sector, 30% to the domestic sector, and 26% to road transport.