UK Government

Department of Energy and Climate Change: Government encouraged by national emission statistics

Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2010 11:15 GMT

Commenting on today’s publication of the final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Joan Ruddock, said;

Commenting on today’s publication of the final estimates of UK greenhouse gas emissions, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Joan Ruddock, said;

“Today’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics are encouraging and show a continued decline in greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 2% during 2008. We are now clearly exceeding our Kyoto target of 12.5% below 1990 levels. UK emissions are now 19.4% below 1990 levels without emissions trading or 22% including emissions trading. The UK is demonstrating the kind of year-on-year reductions that set an example in the world community.

“We are determined to strengthen and sustain the momentum behind the low-carbon transition in the UK, supporting investment in low carbon technology, creating green jobs and providing a healthier future for everyone.

“Building on the Copenhagen Accord is a priority for the government and we will increase our efforts to encourage others not only to associate with it but to accelerate its implementation.”

Notes to editors

1. Further information on climate change statistics, including Excel downloads of all the data used to compile this statistical release, can be found on the DECC website at:
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/climate_change/gg_emissions/uk_emissions/2008_final/2008_final.aspx

2. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change.  We are pushing hard internationally for ambitious effective and fair action to avert the most dangerous impacts.  Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.

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