UK continues to lead the way in cutting emissions

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The UK continues to lead the way in cutting emissions after provisional data released this week shows a reduction of 53% between 1990 and 2023 – down 5% from 2022 as shown in last month’s official statistics.

After becoming the first major economy to halve its emissions, territorial greenhouse gas emissions fell further across several key sectors between 2022 and 2023 as the reliance on gas decreases.

The electricity supply sector saw a drop in emissions of 19.6%, homes had a fall of 7.2%, and industry had a 8.0% drop. The latest stats reflect the UK’s world leading record on renewable electricity – with the five largest operational offshore wind farm projects, and nearly half of its electricity generation now coming from renewables, compared to just 7% in 2010. 

The UK has done this while taking a pragmatic approach to net zero, supporting families to make positive changes, without saddling them with extra financial burdens and while growing the economy by 80% in the same period.

The figures also show that the UK has reduced its territorial greenhouse gas emissions by 428 MtCO2e between 1990 and 2023 – more than the combined emissions reductions from the US, Canada, France, Italy and Japan between 1990 and 2021. 

Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: 

This latest drop in our emissions follows the UK’s achievement in becoming the first major economy to halve its polluting carbon emissions.

We have done all this whilst growing our economy by 80%, and shielding families from unnecessary costs.

Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

Having cut emissions faster than any other major economy over the last decade, the UK government is committed to reaching its climate targets in a realistic way while securing more clean energy investment.

Since 2010, the UK has attracted £300 billion in low carbon investment, with a further £100 billion expected by 2030, supporting up to 480,000 UK jobs. Companies have announced plans for £24 billion of new low carbon investment since September alone, showing confidence in the UK to support its green transition. 

The UK has also over-achieved against three consecutive carbon budgets and is one of very few major economies to have a legally binding emissions reduction target covering 2035 – the 77% target goes beyond many other countries. 

These provisional statistics show the UK is making continued, significant progress towards net zero. While statistics from recent years remain impacted by the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term trend shows that the UK is rapidly driving down emissions – meeting and exceeding its carbon targets.

Source: Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and The Rt Hon Claire Coutinho MP

4 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry but I cannot how they think they are cutting it . With more and more greenbelt land being destroyed thousands upon thousands of trees being cut down and wildlife being wiped out because of this to build new housing they say is for families more roads being built adding more cars and pollution. The pandemic was a wake up call for everyone on how we must look after the climate more yet cut flights and cut down on co2 yet Southampton Airport has Been allowed to expand allowing more bigger planes and more aircraft which the residents rejected but who cares what they want . Bracknell forest should change its name to Bracknell deforestation as that’s exactly what’s happening. Councils are going bust because of lack of money yet they build new housing and they can’t even look after the residents they already have. We are now concerned about the sewage in our rivers no wonder the water has nowhere to go now because we building on all the drainage. Fact is the country is far to overcrowded and the borders should be closed because if Councils think by building new housing this is going to solve the problem they are making the problem worse because they will have families and so on. This Government has let the British down. I’m not a racist but the imigrants who have come here are taking all our resources away from us. It’s cost the British taxpayers billions and the bill keeps rising by the day and that’s money that should be put into our hospitals. Its absolutely disgusting the road this country has taken and they still have the front to say things are getting better REALLY . I will not be voting any party come the election as not one party had said the British people must come first . Mps today are out for themselves not the country.

  2. This is absolute tosh.

    Their form of “green accounting” doesn’t include the imported CO2.

    Anyone looking at the real science sees that there is no climate emergency. Computer models with ridiculous assumptions (such as that coal use would increase by a factor of 10) predict one, but observations and real data show that there is no such problem.

    They also fail to deal with all the issues of grid capacity, range anxiety, re-sale value of EVs etc etc. And the fact that particles from tyre wear are a bigger emissions problem than exhaust fumes on what are now very clean petrol and diesel cars.

    Not to mention that synthetic fuels are a far better alternative, yet government is pushing the electric option, despite the problems noted above.

    So, please spare me the articles expressing pride at what is in reality, abject failure of the political classes to see nonsense for what it is – at great expense to the british taxpayer.

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