In 2018, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3%, and are continuing to drop, while low carbon generation rose by 53%.
This is the sixth consecutive year in which greenhouse gas emissions have fallen, and emissions are 44% below the 1990 baseline for the UK. Carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest level since before the start of the 20th century.
One of the main contributions came from energy suppliers switching away from fossil fuels to low carbon technology. Low carbon technology includes the likes of ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, solar panels and wind turbines. Even emissions from the transport sector have dropped by 3% which have scarsely dropped since 1990.
This also follows the news that a third of the UK electricity was provided by renewables in 2018. Read more here.
Claire Perry, the energy and clean growth minister, said: “We can be proud that we continue to lead the way in reducing emissions while growing our economy.
“More than half of our electricity comes from low-carbon sources thanks to more than £52bn of government support for renewable projects in the UK since 2010, all part of our modern industrial strategy.”
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