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23 Mar 2009 05:03:01

Londoners emit less CO2 than UK average

Londoners emit less CO2 than UK average
London residents emit less carbon dioxide per person than the national average, according to a new report.

The study by the International Institute for Environment and Development reports that in general city residents have lower per capita emissions than rural dwellers.

According to Reuters, this is attributed to the higher density living, more public transport and lower than average-sized housing.

Although the concentration of people, enterprises, vehicles and waste in cities is often seen as a 'problem', high densities and large population concentrations can also bring a variety of advantages for ... environmental management," said the report.

In London, per capita emissions were estimated at a total of 44.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

While this represents eight per cent of the UK's emissions, Londoners emit just 6.18 tonnes per person, compared to the 11.19 tonnes UK average.

In calculating emissions, the scientists took into account only direct emissions and not those caused through the production of goods purchased and used.

Cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, where many goods are produced, had per capita emissions levels above rural ones in China.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, Wales had the highest per capita emissions of the UK regions.

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27 Mar 2009

The reasons for the lower carbon emissions in rural China are largely due to the lack of infrastructure that generates carbon. However, this is changing fast as energy consumption in those locations is growing exponentially. 'Strip' development experience here in the US up until recently consumes huge amounts of energy and makes huge environmental impacts. That's why cities and states here are now limiting this development and are starting to build upwards, until recently single floor single home dwellings were the norm taking huge amounts of space, two and three floors are becoming accepted now.

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