UK Greenhouse Gases: 2010…
Green house gases in the period of 2009-2010 have increased faster than expected despite the economic downturn. The cold winter of 2010 saw residential emissions increase by a factor 13%. Power station emissions increased as nuclear power stations came off-line and there was additional generation to make up the shortfall of power. Transport emissions fell 0.1%. The figures have been released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). More details can be found on this link: UK 2010 greenhouse gas emissions.
… And 2011
In 2011, with a mild winter, the total greenhouse gas emissions went the other way with a 7% fall. There was increased output from renewable energy systems. Scotland is beating the UK with it’s progressive renewable energy policy and has increased the energy from renewable sources by 45% over 2010 to 13,750 Gigawatt hours. This equates to generation of around 35% of Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources. This has beaten the Government’s target of 31%.
Contrasting the good news, is the fact that the UK (like many other countries) is now more dependent upon imported fossil fuels such as gas and oil. The sooner more renewable sources of energy are brought on stream the better. More information can be found on this link: UK emissions in 2011.