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06 Feb 2008 11:02:36

UK greenhouse gas emissions down in 2006

UK greenhouse gas emissions down in 2006
The UK reduced its levels of greenhouse gas emissions in 2006, with homeowners making the largest carbon reductions, new figures have revealed.

Statistics published today (January 31st) by the government indicated that total greenhouse gas emissions were down by 0.5 per cent between 2005 and 2006, with carbon emissions dropping by 0.1 per cent.

The residential sector posted a four per cent drop in emissions levels, with businesses reporting a 1.6 per cent decrease.

However, both energy supply and transport sectors increased their emissions, prompting environment secretary Hilary Benn to call for more concerted action.

"As a country we must do much more across the board," he said. "We have to make a real change to every aspect of our lives and our economy."

The new figures represent a 16.4 per cent drop in emissions from 1990 levels, with the European Union last week calling for all member states to reduce their emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18448765-ADNFCR

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