UK cuts CO2 emissions by 20%

Britain has cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since 1990, new figures have revealed. A report by the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory also suggested that Scotland is outperforming England […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Britain has cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since 1990, new figures have revealed. A report by the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory also suggested that Scotland is outperforming England on cutting emissions.

The report put the nationwide drop in emissions between 1990 and 2009 down to wider use of more efficient combined cycle gas turbines in the power sector in England, teamed with cuts in CO2 from industry.

As for the difference over British borders, the report showed that in 2009, greenhouse gas emissions in England were cut by 29.5% from 1990 levels, while Scotland’s dropped 30.5%.

A spokesperson for DECC denied that the figures show England isn’t doing enough, adding that the UK as a whole was on track to meeting the carbon budget – an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 – and “even exceed that for the first three budget targets.”

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