UK revises down historical GHG emissions back to 1990

Published 17:56 on February 2, 2016  /  Last updated at 17:56 on February 2, 2016  /  EMEA, EU ETS  /  No Comments

The UK has revised down its GHG emissions figures going back to 1990, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Tuesday, reporting that it emitted 6 million fewer tonnes of CO2e in 2014 than previously estimated.

The UK has revised down its GHG emissions figures going back to 1990, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said on Tuesday, reporting that it emitted 6 million fewer tonnes of CO2e in 2014 than previously estimated.

The UK made the revisions based on new reporting and methodological guidelines from the UNFCCC and IPCC, which resulted in a downward shift in the national emissions totals ranging from 1.3% to 1.6% between 1990 and 2014.

The UK emitted 514.4 million tonnes of CO2e in 2014, according to DECC’s finalised figures, representing a 7.7% annual decline, which was slightly below the 8.4% drop the ministry provisionally reported almost a year ago.

The decrease was attributed mainly to warmer temperatures and less coal used to generate energy.

Figures for 1990 – the baseline year used under the Kyoto Protocol – were revised down to 796.6 million tonnes of CO2e from 809.4 million reported last year, also as a result of the changes to reporting rules.

Based on the changes, the UK has still cut its GHG emissions by more than 35% since 1990 – far overshooting the EU goal to reduce by 20% below that baseline by 2020.

By Mike Szabo – mike@carbon-pulse.com

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