Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.5% in the UK in 2018

- Leadership - Mar 29, 2019

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK dropped by 2.5% in 2018, marking the sixth consecutive year of decline.

The nation’s emissions fell to 449mn tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent during the review period, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Reuters reported.

However, last year emissions fell at a slower pace than the 3% in 2017 and 6% in 2016.

The country is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, after Germany.


The UK’s emissions have declined by 43.5% against a 1990 baseline. This means the nation is more than halfway to meeting its target, which is legally binding.

The target agrees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, against a 1990 baseline.

In 2018, the UK saw record levels of output in regards to renewable power, according to the BEIS preliminary report.

“If we are to avoid climate chaos, we have to do much more: business as usual means more extreme weather, species extinctions and a grim future for young people,” stated Mike Childs, Head of Research at Friends of the Earth, the international environment-focused network.

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