UK household greenhouse gas emissions up 3%

2nd August 2016 | Commercial Energy

UK household greenhouse gas emissions are up 3% according to official figures. The most recent data, from between 2012 and 2013, shows the amount of greenhouse gases linked to goods and services consumed by UK households was up – this includes emissions from the foreign manufacture of imported products.
Although these figures do not look great, they are almost a fifth (19%) below the peak seen in 2007, when UK consumers were responsible for almost 1.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases.
The figures include imported and domestically produced goods and services consumed in the UK, as well as heating homes and fuelling household vehicles with fossil fuels.
The carbon footprint statistics from the Environment Department (Defra) show the UK’s wider role in the output of emissions which cause climate change, compared with other date which only account for domestically produced greenhouse gases. Emissions associated with goods and services made outside the UK and imported for use by businesses and consumers make up 55% of the total carbon footprint consumption.
Emissions linked to imported products from China also peaked in 2007, but in 2013 were still 112% higher than in 1997 – this is important as many goods bought in the UK are manufactured there.

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