UK ‘outpacing US, China and EU on decarbonisation’

The UK has outperformed the US, China and other EU countries in reducing carbon intensity since 2000. That’s according to Climate Change Minister Claire Perry, who has spoken at the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK has outperformed the US, China and other EU countries in reducing carbon intensity since 2000.

That’s according to Climate Change Minister Claire Perry, who has spoken at the opening ceremony of Climate Week in New York today.

She said the carbon intensity of the UK economy fell by 7.7% in 2016 as a result of a decline in coal consumption, improved energy efficiency and economic growth.

The UK Government suggests new clean energy projects announced last week are set to power 3.6 million homes, with technologies like offshore wind costing half of what they did two years ago.

The Minister said: “The UK is decarbonising faster than any other G20 nation – since 1990 we have cut emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by two-thirds.

“The government is determined to drive up the pace of decarbonisation while maximising the opportunities for growth from the global transition to a clean economy.”