Thursday, 31 March 2011

UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation,  largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data  from the government showed on Thursday.

In 2010, UK emissions were provisionally  estimated at 582.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, compared  to 566.3 million tonnes in 2009, the Department of Energy and Climate  Change (DECC) said in a statement. Under the U.N.'s Kyoto  Protocol, the UK has to cut emissions 12.5 per cent below 1990 levels  from 2008 to 2012. Britain also has its own, longer-term, aim of  reducing emissions by 34 percent by 2020.

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