Gas use up in UK by 8%

Gas use in the UK rose last year by nearly a tenth, according to new figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The latest Digest of UK […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Gas use in the UK rose last year by nearly a tenth, according to new figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The latest Digest of UK Energy statistics for 2011 show that overall gas demand increased by 8.4 per cent.

The figures reveal an increasing reliance on the fossil fuel, which has been touted as a cheap lower carbon option by some, with gas making up a 47 per cent share of UK electricity supply.

The statistics also show that carbon dioxide emissions increased by 3.8% in 2010, driven by an increase in home gas use, combined with the fact that electricity generation switched from nuclear power to coal and gas, according to DECC.